No more free bus on bad air days in Rhode Island

There will be no more free bus rides on days with unhealthy air quality in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority said Tuesday the program is ending due to lack of funding.

The program had been operating for several years and offered free rides on RIPTA buses and trolleys whenever the state declares an Air Quality Alert.

The Department of Environmental Management will continue the Air Quality Alert program, but free bus rides won't be offered.

The program is designed to alert Rhode Island residents whenever the air is expected to have unhealthy levels of ozone and fine particle pollutants. Officials will still encourage people to take the bus, rather than drive.