Attention, Pinellas: You can ride the bus and trolley for free on Thursday.
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority announced it is waiving fares all day on all 40 bus and trolley routes in celebration of World Car-Free Day, a worldwide initiative to encourage motorists to take a break from driving and use alternative forms of transportation.
“One of the easiest ways we can reduce our carbon footprint is by taking public transportation,” said Brad Miller, the authority’s chief executive officer, in a statement. “PSTA is committed to becoming more environmentally friendly and you can too by hopping on a bus and let us take you to your destination.”
In the United States, 350,000 premature deaths are attributed to fossil fuel pollution each year, according to research from Harvard University published last year.
Pollution from auto emissions increased 55% in the Tampa Bay area from 1990 to 2019, according to a New York Times analysis of nationwide data.
Earlier this year, four Tampa Bay mayors were asked to explain how the region should respond to climate change. They talked about transportation, stressing the importance of an efficient, accessible public transportation system to help cut vehicle emissions.
Across the bay, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority does not have any special promotions planned for World Car-Free Day.