APTA is encouraging the public to help the environment by using public transit for this year's Earth Day on Sunday, April 22.
The following is a sampling of some of the transit-related Earth Day announcements and activities across the nation:
Metro Transit (Minneapolis) will power the entire Hiawatha light rail system by wind and offer free rides on its 3 hybrid-electric buses on Earth Day (150 hybrid electric buses will be ordered before the end of this year).
RI Public Transit Authority (Providence, RI) will offer free trips on two routes to the Earth Day Festival.
King County (Wash.) Metro, Sound Transit (Seattle) and Community Transit (Snohomish County, Wash.) are offering free rides on all buses on Earth Day.
The Rapid (Grand Rapids, Mich.) will begin to run hybrid-electric buses with the inaugural run on Monday, April 23.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (N.Y.) will exhibit a hybrid-electric bus at the New York City EarthFair festival and distribute a limited number of free MetroCards.
Metro (Cincinnati) will make an announcement that all its buses will run on a 50% soybean based biodiesel blend.
Toledo (Ohio) Area Regional Transit Authority will run only biodiesel-fueled buses during its service hours on Earth Day
Phoenix Public Transit will be celebrating the first arrival of more than 126 new clean-burning fuel (ultra-low sulfur diesel) buses in a pre-Earth Day event on April 19.