To celebrate Earth Day, Topeka Metro will offer free rides on the fixed routes all day April 22. Vouchers or tickets are not required to board.
Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and is now a global event, with more than 192 countries participating. Using public transit is the perfect way to acknowledge Earth Day while contributing to the health of the environment.
“A full Metro bus can carry almost 50 people,” said Susan Duffy, general manager of Topeka Metro. “Imagine taking that many cars off the city streets for every bus on the road. That’s a whole lot of cars – and a lot of tailpipe emissions that aren’t adding to the environmental load.”
“No Pay Earth Day” is a perfect time to give the environment a break and leave the car at home. According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), public transportation in the United States currently saves 37 million metric tons of carbon emissions and 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline every year.