Huntsville Transit offering free rides to students and staff next week

Published on April 13, 2022

Students and staff with a passion for the environment can give the planet a boost next week while taking a boost from Huntsville Transit.

From April 18-22, anyone with a valid college ID can ride a Huntsville Orbit bus for free. Offer applies to students, staff and faculty at all Huntsville area colleges and universities.

The promotion is how Huntsville Transit celebrates Earth Day on April 22. The Huntsville Operation Green Team celebrate observance locally on Saturday April 23 at Hays Nature Preserve.

Parking and Transit Manager Quisha Bryant said promoting the free ride is a great way to get young adults thinking about the benefits of public transit, especially for those without a vehicle. More importantly, it’s an opportunity to show how public transit benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The effort was led by Xanthetia Watkins, a former employee of Huntsville Transit and currently a graduate student at Alabama A&M University. Bryant said Watkins’ efforts and partnership have encouraged Huntsville Transit’s focus on the environment.

“Every person who takes an Orbit bus is one less vehicle on the road,” she said. “As our population continues to grow, public transit will not only reduce traffic on our highways, it will also help reduce our carbon footprint.”

According to a study on greenhouse gases according to the American Public Transportation Association, surface transportation is responsible for 85% of transportation sector emissions. The study also found that public transportation can reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 37 million metric tons per year.

“It’s important for all of us to do our part to help the environment, and that’s just one small way Huntsville Transit can help,” Bryant said.

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A poster advertising free rides from Huntsville Transit for Earth Day

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