Ride for free on Manatee County Area Transit on April 19

MANATEE -- Manatee County officials will be "taking it to the streets" Thursday, April 19, by sponsoring a "free" day for riders on the county transit system.

The Manatee County Commission today approved the plan for "Try Transit Day," which called for free rides in an effort to shift commuters away from drive-alone travel.

The board's proclamation said the free rides were meant to reduce traffic congestion, lower greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of alternatives for commuters.

The proclamation urged people to ride the Manatee County Area Transit system Thursday as part of the special promotion.