throughout the month of October 2019
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) joins Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District and other local partners to encourage Santa Barbara County residents to try alternative transportation in honor of the second annual California Clean Air Day taking place on October 2, 2019. The Clean Air Express, administered and operated by SBCAG, is offering free round-trip passes to new commuters throughout the month of October.
Traffic Solutions, a division of SBCAG, launched a Clean Air Day webpage with key information on how Santa Barbara county residents can try alternative transportation to make a difference toward cleaner air today and for generations to come. The website features a link to the California Clean Air Pledge and information on how commuters living in Lompoc, Santa Maria, or the Santa Ynez Valley, who want to experience first-hand the benefits of commuting on the Clean Air Express, can sign up for a free round-trip ticket.
“Usually all it takes is one trip on the Clean Air Express for a new customer to become a regular customer,” said Scott Spaulding, Director of Rail and Transit Programs. “Once someone is onboard the Clean Air Express reclining in the comfortable seats, surfing the web and not gripping the wheel and staring at the road for an hour, they wonder why they’ve been spending all that money driving alone to work.”
The Clean Air Express serves northern Santa Barbara County with thirteen round trips each weekday, including five serving Santa Maria, seven serving Lompoc, and one serving the Santa Ynez Valley. Clean Air Express trips eliminate 350 cars and ten million vehicle miles traveled from the county’s roads every year.
Traffic Solutions will also be at the Marian Medical Center Clean Air Day Fair open to employees, volunteers, and hospital visitors. Traffic Solutions will distribute free Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) bus tokens to anyone who takes the Clean Air Pledge and will be available to share commuter resources and information.
California Clean Air Day is a statewide program built on the idea that shared experiences unite people to action to improve local air quality and community health. On October 2, 2019, Californians across the state will take actions to clear the air and improve their and their community’s health. More than 100,000 people participated in 2018, and it is anticipated that 10 times as many people will participate in 2019.
For more details about how to support California Clean Air Day by trying alternative transportation please visit Traffic Solutions Clean Air Day and for more information about the Clean Air Express visit the Clean Air Express website.