Take a seat for Mother Earth and plan how you’ll change the world from your bus seat. METRO Regional Transit Authority (Akron METRO), Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA), and Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) are joining together this Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, to give free bus rides in Summit, Portage, and Stark counties.
President Obama recently challenged Americans to take action in their homes, communities, schools, or businesses to improve the environment in honor of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010.
In a press release issued on April 13, the President said, "As we continue to tackle our environmental challenges, it’s clear that change won’t come from Washington alone. It will come from Americans across the country who take steps in their own homes and their own communities to make that change happen. That’s why, as we get ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I want to leave you with a challenge. I want you to take action – in your home or your community; at your school or your business – to improve our environment. It can be as simple as riding the bus or the subway to work, making your home more energy efficient, or organizing your neighbors to clean up a nearby park."
In addition to free rides on the three transit systems, there will be a kick-off event preceding Earth Day at METRO’s Transit Center (631 S Broadway St, Akron, Ohio) Tuesday, April 20th from 4pm to 6pm. There will be music, pizza, chicken, and prizes while supplies last.
Free fares apply to regular line service and Northcoast Express routes. PARTA’s Door-to-Door service, SCAT and Proline trips are not included in this promotion.