Columbia Transit rolls out free bus rides May 17

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 6:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:13 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 10, 2012

COLUMBIA — Interested in using the city bus system but never wanted to pay the fees to find out if it was worth it?

Columbia Transit is going to roll out free rides on May 17 for its annual Try Transit Thursday for anyone interested in trying the city bus system. Public transportation will run for free all day long, going anywhere Columbia Transit normally goes.

The City of Columbia and Columbia Transit hope to promote the bus system, which allows people to save money on gas, avoid parking problems, clear up traffic and make a step toward helping improve the environment, according to a news release from the Public Works Department.

Columbians for Modern, Efficient Transit will also take part in Try Transit Thursday, encouraging people to participate in the "Five Thousand Rider Challenge."

COMET is sponsoring a prize drawing, with $2,000 worth of prizes. People are entered into the drawing every time they ride a Columbia Transit bus May 17. 

On a normal day, bus rides cost $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for individuals with disabilities, the elderly, children and teens ages 5-17, Medicare and Medicaid recipients and those who are income-eligible.

City buses are equipped with bicycle racks for those whose commute goes farther than the bus stop. Bringing a bike on board between May 14 and May 19 will get a person free rides on those days as well, as part of the Bike, Walk and Wheel Week celebration.

For more information on Columbia Transit and to view maps and schedules, visit its website.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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