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Wildfires in Canada have sent smoke into the northeastern United States and has caused dangerous air quality in the D.C. region with a rating of code red – rated unhealthy for everyone – on Wednesday.

According to the federal government’s AirNow website, there will be a code purple rating on Thursday, meaning the air quality is very unhealthy.

“Everyone may experience health effects and should limit their outdoor activity; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects,” the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said about code red air quality.

NBC4 Washington reported that the Washington Monument, which is normally visible from Reagan National Airport, was almost completely obscured by the wildfire smoke. [NBC4]

Plan your next Ride-On bus trip with MCDOT’s new trip planner app

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) launched a new Ride-On bus trip planning app. The app helps users pick the fastest routes, has the latest bus arrival times, directs users how to get to the bus stop and to the destination after getting off the bus, and notifies you when to get off the bus.

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The app is funded by a federal grant and MCDOT partnered with Moovit, a global bus trip planning mobile app software company, to bring the app to reality. Moovit has more than 1.7 billion users in 112 countries, 3,500 cities, 7,500 transit agencies and in 45 languages. The app can be downloaded on the MCDOT website. [The MoCo Show]

Metro will launch new reduced fare program to help low-income riders

The new program, called “Metro Lift,” begins Tuesday, June 20 and will allow enrolled customers to receive a 50% discount on Metrorail and Metrobus travel. Enrollment begins on June 20 or in person starting June 26.

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Residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. who are actively enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are eligible to enroll in Metro Lift. Metro’s other reduced fare programs, like U-Pass and Senior Smart-Trip, will continue to be offered and customers who already receive a discounted fare do not need to enroll in Metro Lift. [My MCM]

Today’s weather: Sunny with a high of 79 degrees.

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