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Raleigh buses to offer free ride on Earth Day

Posted April 16, 2009

— In honor of Earth Day on April 18, passengers will ride free on Capital Area Transit buses, the City of Raleigh announced Thursday.

The fare-free day is part of CAT’s effort to encourage an alternate green commute in Raleigh, in conjunction with the Planet Earth Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on Saturday.

Planet Earth Celebration attendees are encouraged to ride a CAT bus downtown and then connect to Raleigh’s free downtown circulator service, the R-Line, to get to the Museum of Natural Sciences.

For the second year in a row, the museum is teaming up with Burt's Bees and the City of Raleigh to present “Planet Earth Celebration: Respect Your Mother.”

The free event, aimed at raising awareness of the importance of environmentally responsible living, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine.

More than 70 educational stations on sustainable living will be on all four floors of the museum and outside along the plaza and the State Capitol grounds, according to city officials.


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  • SomeRandomGuy Apr 16, 2009

    Oh boy free bus rides on a Saturday, when almost nobody is going to work and they run routes on limited schedules.

  • ThisIsMyName Apr 16, 2009

    I wish more people did things to "save the earth" like slowing down to the speed limit for one.

  • ThisGuy Apr 16, 2009

    I think the idea is ride a bus instead of driving a giant SUV with only one person in it, like most of the people I see around here. Plus many people can't ride a bike to work around here, of course they probably can't really ride a bus there either, since they either work nowhere near a bus stop or in a completely different city from where they live.

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 16, 2009

    Shouldn't we ride bikes on earth day instead of polluting the air with a bus?