Air Quality Alert Monday, July 18 — RIPTA Free

ripta The Department of Environmental Management has issued an air quality alert for Monday, July 18. All RIPTA routes, excluding special services, will be free all day. This includes buses and trolleys — just hop on and off.

The Air Quality Alert program encourages residents to reduce air pollutant emissions by limiting their car travel and their use of small engines, lawn mowers and charcoal lighter fluids. The DEM forecasts Air Quality Alert days, issuing Air Quality Alerts typically on the afternoon before such a day occurs.

Ground level ozone, or smog, is a major air pollution problem in Rhode Island and other northeast states. Ozone forms when emissions from power plants, factories, automobiles and other products we use every day react in the atmosphere in the presence of sunlight and high temperatures.

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