Sun Metro is rolling out services to help El Paso’s youth and veterans get around the community with ease.
“These initiatives are wonderful examples of how Sun Metro is partnering with nonprofit organizations and social service agencies to bridge the transportation gaps in our community while encouraging use of mass transit,” Mayor Oscar Leeser said.
For a second consecutive year, Sun Metro received the support of City Council to partner with non-profit organizations to provide qualifying youth with free transportation during the summer months.
The initiative was approved on Tuesday, April 5, by the City Council, acting as the Mass Transit Board.
The free rides for qualifying youths will be made available June 1, 2016 through August 1, 2016 through nonprofit organizations that provide summer programs for local children.
“We are excited to re-launch our Sun Metro free summer youth services for kids. We hope this program continues to encourage ridership of mass transit for the youth of our community all while helping them stay active and busy this summer,” said City Representative Cortney Niland of District 8.
The United Way of El Paso is serving as the liaison between Sun Metro and groups participating in this initiative and in conjunction with Sun Metro will soon provide information for non-profit agencies interested in participating in the program.
Youth between the ages of 6 to 18 years in summer programs of non-profit agencies participating in this initiative are eligible for the free passes. Children under the age of 12 will receive a distinguished pass to allow for a companion, over the age 12, to ride with the child free of charge. Children under the age of 5 always ride for free.
Sun Metro is partnering with social service agencies to provide free transportation to homeless veterans. Sun Metro will provide homeless veterans who are pursuing employment opportunities with up to 90 days of free transportation.
Sun Metro is also working with social service agencies to provide bus passes at a reduced fare for veterans, who need transportation options. Bus passes are normally $48 per month. Social services agencies may obtain bus passes for their customers who are veterans at a cost of $30 per month.
“These services are the fruition of Sun Metro working with the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee to provide transportation options for our veterans in need,” said City Representative Carl Robinson of District 4. “A lack of adequate transportation can be a huge obstacle anyone seeking employment. We need to continue to build partnerships to provide more transportation options for those men and women who have served our country with honor.”