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Bus Travel is Free in Reykjavík Today

Reykjavík’s public bus service Strætó is offering free trips on its buses today in an effort to reduce pollution. Riders can access a free day pass using the Strætó app (under the “My Tickets” tab). High levels of particulate pollution are expected in Reykjavík in the coming days.

“There is a big chance of air pollution exceeding health limits today,” reads a notice on Strætó’s website. Particulate pollution is often highest in Reykjavík during spring due to a combination of dry weather conditions and studded tires, among other factors. Strætó’s initiative is a pilot project intended to encourage Reykjavík residents to reduce pollution by leaving cars at home.

Jóhannes Svavar Rúnarsson, managing director of Strætó told RÚV it is undecided whether the initiative will be repeated. “It costs Strætó a considerable amount of money if it goes well, so we just have to evaluate it with our owners,” he stated. Jóhannes estimates today’s free trips could cost the company around ISK 3 million ($25,000/€22,500).

The City of Reykjavík aims to dust bind all major streets today and tomorrow to further reduce the likelihood of high pollution levels. Car owners are encouraged to swap out their studded tires as their use is banned after April 15.

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