INDIANAPOLIS – Since it began allowing veterans to ride its fixed route service for free in July, more than 2,500 veterans have obtained a Veteran Fare Card and IndyGo has provided more than 100,000 rides under the program. But, with an estimated 45,000 veterans living in the city, the city’s public transit service recognizes that many more veterans could be enjoying the program.
IndyGo is marking Veterans Day by encouraging all veterans to get their Veteran Fare Cards.
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.
“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.”
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.
The free fare program provides unlimited access to IndyGo’s fixed route bus network, but does not include paratransit (Open Door) service.
IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, provides public transit service throughout Marion County. IndyGo is implementing the Marion County Transit Plan, which will bring a 70% increase in IndyGo services and build a strong network of frequent service. Improvements in the plan include shorter wait times, longer service hours, easier transfers, and rapid transit lines along high ridership corridors Visit our website, follow @IndyGoBus on Twitter, or call 317.635.3344 for more information.