GPTC offers new Veterans Ride Free Program

Contributed By: The 411 News

Transportation for disabled veterans is also free

As a way of saying thank you to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, Gary Public Transportation Corporation announces the new Veterans Ride Free Program. Starting September 12th, 2022, veterans and disabled veterans who show a valid VIC, Veteran stamp on a driver’s license, or state ID are allowed to travel on all fixed routes free of charge.

And veterans registered for travel on GPTC’s Access219 paratransit service can also ride for free once signed up and approved for the Access219 service.

Acccess219 is a complimentary paratransit service provided by GPTC to Gary and other communities to residents who cannot use fixed route bus service because of a disability. Riders can travel to destinations within ¾ mi of any GPTC transit route. Vehicles include wheelchair lifts and securement devices.

"We are happy to show our appreciation to veterans in this small way because of all the sacrifices they and their families have made on our behalf," said David Wright, Planning and Marketing Manager for GPTC. "They will have free access to local, regional, and transfer fares.”

GPTC will also participate in the 2022 NWI Homeless Veteran Stand Down, hosted by the V.A. Homeless Veteran Program. GPTC will provide free bus transportation to veterans from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will take place Friday, October 7th, 2022, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the RailCats Stadium in Gary.

It brings resources, such as food, medical, and housing assistance, to veterans that have experienced hardships or homelessness. Veterans can get information and apply for Access219 and other services; veterans are encouraged to apply.

Veterans interested in signing up to become paratransit riders can contact the GPTC ADA Coordinator at (219) 884-6100 ext. 106.

For other questions or assistance, call (219) 884-6100 ext. 113. For more information on fares, visit www.gptcbus.com/fares. To stay up to date on the latest happenings in Northwest Indiana's public transportation, please visit www.garytransit.com.

Story Posted:09/11/2022

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