Try Transit: Celebrate Earth Day with NVTA and Ride Vine Transit for Free
Vine Transit offers free rides from April 20 – 22; Earth Day is April 22
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2017
Media Contact: Mike Blasky, Public Information Officer
NAPA — Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) will offer free rides on all Vine Transit buses from Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22 in celebration of Earth Day 2017.
NVTA will also host an informational table on Saturday at the Oxbow Commons for the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County’s (EECNC) Earth Day celebration from 11 am – 4 pm. NVTA provided EECNC discounted advertisements on Vine Transit buses to promote the Earth Day celebration.
Riders are encouraged to take transit to the event. Vine Transit’s Soscol Gateway Transit Center (625 Burnell Street, Napa) off 3rd Street is just a five-minute walk to the Oxbow. There will be live music, food and beverages and fun activities for kids and parents. All proceeds benefit EECNC’s Field Trip Bus Grant Program and the Darcy Aston Scholarship.
“NVTA was thrilled to sponsor a great community event that Napa Valley residents support,” said Public Information Officer Mike Blasky. “Whether you’re carpooling, walking, riding a bike or taking the bus, you’re helping reduce greenhouse gases and reducing vehicle traffic.”
In addition to local routes in the City of Napa, Vine Transit’s regional express routes – including the popular Express Route 29 to BART – will also be free to riders. Route 29 does not run on Saturday.
Taking public transportation is one of the most significant actions a household can take to reduce carbon emissions, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Switching from driving a car to riding transit can save commuters in San Francisco more than $12,000 a year. Across the U.S., public transportation commuters save an average of $800 more than automobile owners who drive alone, according to APTA.
Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) serves as the Congestion Management Agency for Napa County, responsible for programming state and federal funds for local projects. A Joint Powers Authority, NVTA is responsible for the county's short- and long-term regional transportation planning, working closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County's streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.