Published June 17, 2004


Enjoy a free commute and help spare the air. BART, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District have joined forces and formed a partnership that will offer free weekday morning commutes on BART for the first five Spare the Air days during this season's campaign.

Free BART Ride
BART will offer free morning commutes on the first five Spare the Air days occurring between June 21 and October 15, 2004. BART access will be free at all stations between the start of service and 9:00 am on the first five Spare the Air days announced.  On these days, BART customers simply enter BART fare gates from the start of service to 9:00 am free; there is no BART ticket required. Standard fares and ticketing will resume after 9 am. For details on BART's free morning commute, visit www.bart.gov.  To receive advance notice of Spare the Air days, simply register for Air Alerts at www.sparetheair.org.

Hacienda Spare the Air Resources
Hacienda would also like to help facilitate your participation in the Spare the Air program. As a key component of the Spare the Air program involves efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, we developed a number of special incentives to assist you with the use of commute alternatives. Additional information on energy management and pollution reduction is also available. Resources include: 

Free WHEELS pass
All Hacienda employees and residents may obtain a free WHEELS pass to use any time on the WHEELS system. This pass provides free access to: all local buses, links to and from BART and ACE rail services, and the I-680 Express between Hacienda and the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.  To obtain a pass, simply follow this link: www.hacienda.org/materials/materials_commute_pass.html.

New Rider Program
Take a ride on ACE, BART, SMART, Tri-Delta Transit or AC Transit for free. If you are interested in trying a transportation alternative for the first time, check out Hacienda's New Rider program. Details are available by following this link: www.hacienda.org/materials/materials_commute_rider.html.

Energy Conservation and Pollution Reduction Resources
Hacienda has a number of informational materials related to the Spare the Air Campaign.  If you would like a special package of Spare the Air information including energy conservation tips, details on simple actions that aid pollution reduction efforts, alternative commute guides and more, simply post an e-mail to the following address, info@hacienda.org, and let us know what information you would like to receive.

Contact Information
Judi Goldblatt
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 275, Oakland California  94612
(510) 273-2091  phone     (510) 622-0201  fax     judi@rides.org  e-mail     www.511.org   WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW