UPDATE: GET suspends free rides as air quality improves

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UPDATE: Golden Empire Transit is suspending free rides starting today, Aug. 25, due to an Air Quality Index of under 150. If the AQI goes above 150, GET said it will once again implement the free rides.

“It is a day-to-day monitoring, and GET watches the AQI very carefully,” the company said.

Golden Empire Transit is offering free rides for Bakersfield residents due to hazardous air quality concerns as smoke from hundreds of wildfires continues to burn throughout the state.

The free rides began Friday and will continue through Monday, Aug. 24. All GET fixed-routes and GET-A-Lift rides are included in the offer, the company said.

GET is offering the free rides to encourage people to avoid using their own vehicles in order to prevent the further pollution of local air, GET said in a press release.

More than a hundred wildfires are burning throughout California, sending a smoky haze to engulf the central valley.

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