Free bus rides on Air Quality Alert Days continue

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says free bus service will continue on Air Quality Alert days this summer after receiving new funding from the attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is providing $50,000 to support the program, which encourages commuters to leave their cars at home and hop on the bus to help eliminate harmful emissions. There have been 35 Air Quality Alert Days from 2007 to 2013.

The new funds come from Rhode Island’s share of a multimillion-dollar settlement of a 2007 lawsuit against American Electric Power Service Corporation under the Clean Air Act. Eight states and the federal government sued the company, saying its practices increased smog.

In previous years the state has used the money to upgrade pollution control devices, wind turbines and solar panels.

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