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IndyGo: Free Bus Cards for Veterans

IndyGo says only about 2,500 people have signed up. Over 45,000 are eligible for free rides on fixed routes.

INDIANAPOLIS--Veterans who live in Indianapolis can get a free bus pass. Only about 2,500 have done it so far, said spokesperson Chauncyia Coleman. She said 45,000 people may be eligible in the city. The program started in July. But, IndyGo said Veterans Day is a good time for veterans to remember to get their Veteran Fare Card.

The effort to provide veterans with free access to the transit system was championed by several veteran service organizations and Indianapolis leaders, including Mayor Joe Hogsett and several members of the City-County Council, said a news release from IndyGo.

“IndyGo is pleased to see so many veterans taking advantage of the program,” said IndyGo Board of Directors President Danny Crenshaw. “We feel it’s our duty to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom.”

"IndyGo appreciates our veterans. We celebrate and appreciate those who have served," said Coleman.

To register, veterans must complete the enrollment process in person at the Julia Carson Transit Center, 201 E Washington St. between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays or between 9 a.m. and noon Saturdays. They will fill out an application (provided in both English and Spanish) and provide proof of eligibility with a valid government-issued photo ID and DD 214 Certificate of Release/Discharge from Active Duty or a valid U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID.

Initial cards are $2, and replacement cards cost $5. Cards are non-transferable and must be swiped at fare boxes onboard IndyGo buses. Other forms of eligibility will not be accepted on the bus.

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