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GET bus offering free rides Tuesday due to poor air quality

Posted at 8:48 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 11:48:24-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Golden Empire Transit District will provide free rides Tuesday due to an Air Quality Index of 156. Bakersfield residents are encouraged to ride GET fixed-routes and GET-A-Lift all day, free of charge.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the AQI focuses on health effects a person may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. An AQI over 150 is considered unhealthy and potentially hazardous to the general population.

You can monitor the air quality with the free San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District app. The app is available for free on the App Store (Valley Air District) and Google Play (Valley Air).