I hope that whoever manages the VTA's Web site has a sense of humor. The top item on the page right now juxtapose an announcement that tomorrow is a Spare the Air Day and that transit agencies found funding to makes rides free all day. Just below that is an advertisement for the San Jose Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend and undo any progress in air quality that might be made between now and then.
Coincidentally, the Mercury News is scheduled to come out with its preview of the Grand Prix in a few days. The Merc is a sponsor of the event (as is the City of San Jose), so don't expect anyone there to call it what it is -- an unconscionable exercise in polluting air that is already unbearably smoggy for many people.
Thursday's Spare the Air Day will be the fifth this summer. They are only declared when the smog is so bad so that people with respiratory problems can not go outside.