The Transit Authority of the City of Omaha is encouraging more of us to take the bus as part of Ozone Awareness Days. July 15 through 18, bus fares will cost just $.50 and $.25 for transfers.
Experts say that heat and certain car emissions can create higher levels of ground level ozone, which is why they're encouraging more people to drive less. The Metro Area Planning Agency and the Douglas County Health Department Encourage also encourages the public to take the bus on hotter days, especially during the months of July and August.
Riders say, at first, it seems like a sacrifice of personal and private space, but add that helping the environment is worth the cost.
"I like it because it lessens our carbon footprint on the earth, so I mean all for the earth. You spend less pollution in a bus rather than a car, a bus does make a lot of pollution but there are more people that can fit in a bus than a car,” Kathy Salisbury said. "I like the idea of having those $.50 days on the bus because it is a lot cheaper for people who have to go to work. Probably have to map out their bus route, at least the night before to understand OK, these are the buses I need to take."
Ozone Awareness Days will also be held August 12 through 15.