- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority says all its bus and trolley rides are free because air quality is expected to be unhealthy in parts of the state.

The agency says the fares will be eliminated Wednesday. Fees for special services still will be charged.

The National Weather Service has issued air quality alerts for northern parts of the state for Wednesday.

The state Department of Environmental Management also has declared an air quality action day, meaning ground level ozone concentrations may reach unhealthy levels because of a very hot and humid air mass that’s moving into the region.

State officials say children, the elderly and people with lung disease are at risk of suffering health effects including shortness of breath and aggravated asthma and should limit outdoor activity.


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