(Springfield, MO)--CU Transit is providing free transportation to sites that have been designated as cooling centers.
With a National Weather Service heat advisory in effect beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday and continuing through at least 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, the following locations have been designated as public cooling centers during each building's normal business hours:
. American Red Cross, 1545 N. West Bypass
. Ozarks Technical Community College (Commons), 933 E. Central St.
. Salvation Army, 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway
. YMCA, 1901 E. Republic Road
. YMCA, 417 S. Jefferson Ave.
. Chesterfield Family Center lobby, 2511 W. Republic Road
. Doling Family Center lobby, 310 E. Talmage St.
. Mediacom Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway
Those needing transportation to a designated cooling center should notify the driver of the requested destination.
Cooling centers are open to the public and meant to provide relief for those who otherwise do not have access to an air-conditioned environment.
Additionally, Springfield's Air Quality forecast has been categorized as Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG) and is in the orange level through Sunday. To encourage the use of public transportation during these periods, CU Transit will provide service on all regularly scheduled routes at a reduced cost of 60 cents.
For information or to plan a ride on CU Transit visit call 831-8782 or visit http://www.cityutilities.net/transit/transit.htm