Kansas City Sees First Ozone Alert Of 2017

Jun 9, 2017

Automobile emissions are one of the main causes of ozone pollution in the Kansas City Metro.
Credit Courtesy photo / Wikimedia Commons.

Environmental and research groups are warning those at risk of respiratory disease, parents of young children and the elderly to limit their outdoor time on Friday.

Ozone pollution is at dangerously high levels for these populations. The “Sky Cast” ozone forecast for Kansas City calls Friday  an “orange alert” day, the second highest of four levels.  An orange ozone alert suggests the air is “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”

Worsening air conditions are caused by industrial and chemical plants and cars.

We drive a lot in Kansas City. Our Metro is spread out over 15 counties with almost 141,000 miles of roads and streets, according to The Kansas Department of Transportation.

Officials are encouraging people to drive less during ozone alerts, carpool, plan outings to limit driving and take public transit.

The Kansas City Area Transit Authority is making it easier to take public transit on high-alert days.

Between June and September, the KCATA will only charge half the ticket price — either 75 cents or $1.50 — for most routes on ozone alert days.

Laura Ziegler is a community engagement reporter and producer. Reach her on Twitter @laurazig or email her at lauraz@kcur.