Monday: Last day for free SF commutes

June 26, 2006

Commuters Monday enjoyed their last chance this year to use public transportation without charge in a nine-county San Francisco area.

Every transit agency, except the Benicia-San Francisco Ferry, participates in the "Spare the Air" program that's designed to encourage commuters to avoid using their cars or participating in other pollution-causing activities, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

But with several days of poor air quality, the budget for the free commuting has been exhausted, said Jack Colbourn, outreach director for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Colbourn said there's a chance federal authorities might fund more free commutes but he told the Chronicle he hopes even without economic incentives, commuters will use public transportation to avoid air pollution.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: In Tech: Light field VR camera, automatic Windows upgrades

Related Stories

CARS: A brand-by-brand look at new 2016 models

September 8, 2015

The 2016 model year has plenty of workhorses, including new versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Titan pickups, Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima sedans and the Honda Civic small car.

NASA sees rainfall in Tropical Storm Francisco

October 24, 2013

NASA's TRMM satellite flew above the center of Tropical Storm Francisco in the western North Pacific Ocean early on Oct. 24 and data was used to create a 3-D image of the storm's structure.

Ozone study may benefit air standards, climate

January 17, 2013

(—A new NASA-led study involving the University of Colorado Boulder finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters.    

Recommended for you

Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?

November 26, 2015

More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases over time. A key part of this agreement would be the ...

Don't forget plankton in climate change models, says study

November 26, 2015

A new study from the University of Exeter, published in the journal Ecology Letters, found that phytoplankton - microscopic water-borne plants - can rapidly evolve tolerance to elevated water temperatures. Globally, phytoplankton ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.