YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you’ve been thinking about taking the bus as part of your daily commute, Friday could be a good time to try it out.
The Western Reserve Transit Authority will be holding what directors are calling “Free-4-All Friday,” where passengers will be able to ride all day long for free.
Directors hope the idea will encourage residents who have never ridden before to give it a try.
“You can accomplish a lot of things. You can take care of shopping, medical trips, even employment. We have a lot of individuals who, the first thing they do is travel to their jobs with those buses,” said WRTA Executive Director Jim Ferraro.
Right now, roughly 5,000 people ride on the WRTA’s 27 routes every day. Some riders use the bus when they don’t have a car of their own, and others ride to save wear and tear on their cars.
“Sometimes it’s cheaper than gas and [other times] it just gets you a lot of different places you have to go safely,” said WRTA rider Latonya Patterson.
Fares are as low as 60 cents for seniors and 75 cents for students.
Ferraro said if Friday’s promotion is a success, they may offer it again in the future.
“I think we’ve pretty much saturated the city itself. We’re happy that the downtown area is coming back a little, but we look at outlying areas, what we can do,” Ferraro said.
The one-day promotion only applies to WRTA Fixed Route buses through 11 p.m. Friday. ADA All-Access and Countywide services will not be free.