Snohomish County, Wash. - Ten years ago, mild-mannered Gene Green was blasted with exhaust fumes from cars just before his Community Transit bus arrived to take him to work. Something in the choking smoke altered his DNA to give him super powers, and he knew he must use his new powers to fight pollution.
Thus Oxy Gene, the Defender of Truth, Justice and Really Clean Air, was born. Oxy Gene already knew the benefits of public transportation and decided to join Community Transit to educate people about alternatives to driving alone.
To celebrate 10 years of Oxy Gene, Community Transit is hosting a birthday party for the big guy, and everyone is invited. The party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the McDonald’s parking lot at 176th and Highway 99 in Lynnwood. Because it’s Halloween, all who attend are invited to wear their own costumes and join in the fun.
Also at the same event, a colorful new Swift hybrid bus will be on hand for attendees to climb aboard to learn all about the new Swift bus rapid transit service, which begins regular service on Monday, Nov. 30.
While it is his party, Oxy Gene doesn’t want gifts for himself. He’s asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped present that will be distributed by Christmas House, which helps Snohomish County families in need have a happier holiday season. Radio station WARM 106.9 FM will broadcast from the event.
“The good people of Snohomish County are very generous, and I know they want to help their neighbors!” boomed the chiseled 6-foot-2 superhero. “Just as I help stop pollution, everyone can help to make the holidays a little brighter for our fellow citizens by bringing a toy for Christmas House.”
Community Transit is committed to improving our region’s environment; helping the public think transit first is just one effort. From retrofitting its entire fleet to reduce emissions by 90 percent to virtually eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals in its vehicle maintenance shops, Community Transit strives to make our communities greener and more sustainable. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.