Beginning July 1, people age 60 and older will ride free on Regional Transportation Agency buses serving Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.
The change, announced this week by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, also provides free rides to people with disabilities on RTA buses, including Howard’s 30-bus fleet and seven buses in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties. Riders must show valid I.D. to receive the free fare.
RTA also will create a $5 day pass for unlimited rides in a single day and reduce the price of a monthly pass from $47 in Howard County and $60 in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties to $40 everywhere.
A standard, one-way bus ride will remain $2 in all three counties.
Free rides on established bus routes could help Howard County’s roughly 14,000 disabled residents and its more than 57,000 residents 60 and older to ride the bus more and rely less on the more expensive door-to-door paratransit services, said Transportation Administrator Clive Graham.
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