Published July 14, 2006


Bay Area travelers will get up to three more chances to ride buses, trains and ferries free of charge on non-holiday weekday Spare the Air days during the remainder of the 2006 summer smog season, thanks to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2006 Spare the Air program. The 2006 summer Spare the Air season is under way and continues through October 13th. 

The main component of the Spare the Air program is the AirAlert advisory notice that can be e-mailed directly to participants alerting them that a Spare the Air day is going to occur. Registrants are automatically entered into a drawing for incredible prizes including a trip to Costa Rica. Follow this link to get started: http://airalert.sparetheair.org.

Business Participation Sought
Businesses are also encouraged to join the Spare the Air program to help provide comprehensive notification services and assistance to their employees. Employers can enroll in the fax or email notification program at the following location: http://www.sparetheair.org/employers/regform.htm

Additional 2006 Free Transit Days
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be offering three additional free full day commutes for the next three non-holiday Spare the Air weekdays on participating transit agencies. The free commute will be available on every participating Bay Area transit system for all passengers. You will get advance notice of these free commute days though the AirAlert e-mails. You can visit www.511.org to confirm if your local transit agency is a free commuter partner.

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 are efforts to reduce vehicle emissions. We have 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/services/services_commute_pass.html.

New Rider Program
Take a ride on ACE, BART, SJRTD, 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/services/services_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
Liana Goh
Spare the Air Coordinator
(415) 277-4911  phone      liana@allisonpr.com    e-mail      www.sparetheair.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