SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will offer free fares on the
SmartRide commuter service between July 1 and September 30, 2007 on days
SCDHEC forecasts Ground-Level Ozone Action Days.
“fare-free days” are a partnership with the SC Department of Health and
Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the South Carolina Energy Office
(SCEO), the Newberry Council on Aging, the Central Midlands Regional
Transit Authority and the Santee-Wateree Regional Transit Authority.
SCDHEC, and SCEO are urging motorists in the Midlands to help improve
air quality and reduce imports of foreign oil by using the SmartRide
commuter service. Currently, SmartRide offers two routes that provide
service between Camden and downtown Columbia, and between Newberry and
Deputy Director for Mass Transit Glennith Johnson said that commuters
can save money, while they help reduce emissions that contribute to
forming ground-level ozone. “The summer months are a good time for
commuters to try SmartRide’s services while gas prices are high,” said
Johnson. “In addition, for every person who uses SmartRide, there’s one
less vehicle contributing to traffic congestion on our highways during
rush hours, and vehicle emissions are reduced as well,” added Johnson.
Information regarding the SmartRide commuter services may be accessed at: www.scdot.org/getting/SmartRide/smartride.shtml. For more information about reducing oil consumption and using public transit, visit www.energy.sc.gov.
provides daily forecasting by 4:00PM each day for ground-level ozone
via the internet at www.scdhec.gov/ozone, or you can call their
toll-free number at 1-866-238-4973. In the Columbia area, call 898-4094 for ground-level ozone forecasting. Those interested in receiving the daily ozone forecast via e-mail can subscribe at: