Veterans Bus Pass Program Now Permanent

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 15:41:35-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Homeless veterans can still catch a ride on city buses for free.

After testing out a new program, Tallahassee city commissioners have voted to continue giving those veterans free monthly passes.

There are about 400 veterans in Leon County who are homeless and don't have access to reliable transportation.

That's why the city commission introduced the Veterans Bus Pass Program last year. With the commission making that program permanent, StarMetro says transportation will be one less thing veterans will have to worry about.

To date, StarMetro has issued about 450 passes to low-income and homeless veterans, providing around 60,000 trips -- all free of charge.

"We are an All American Veteran Friendly City," said Brian Waterman, transit planning manager at StarMetro. "This is one way to keep that going by providing those people in need a free bus pass."

StarMetro will report to the city commission every November to update them on the program.

To apply for the bus pass, Veterans can contact StarMetro by clicking on this link.