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Those who register for the program on Friday, June 17, will be entered into a prize  drawing for free transit passes for one year

As prices at the pump continue to rise, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) is encouraging area residents to consider utilizing public transit in recognition of National Dump the Pump Day on Friday, June 17, 2022. The organization has a FREE Try & Ride program that makes it easy for those who are new to MetroLink or MetroBus to familiarize themselves with the region’s integrated system to get them where they need to go. Those who register for the program on National Dump the Pump Day (June 17, 2022) will be entered into a prize drawing for free transit passes for one year. Registration can be completed here.

“Public transit is a safe, convenient and cost-effective transportation option, but many shy away from it because of the unknowns – including which route or line to take, how to purchase tickets and more,” commented Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit. “The Try & Ride program addresses these concerns head-on. It has helped more than 8,800 individuals familiarize themselves with the system and has been credited with turning many first-time transit users into regular transit commuters.”

The Try & Ride program is open to any Missouri or Illinois residents who don’t already utilize the St. Louis region’s public transportation system for their workday commutes. Upon registering, each program participant receives personalized transit routes, a month of complimentary tickets,  and a list of tips for using transit. The program requires riders to commit to utilizing the bus or train for one additional month at their own expense for a total of two months.

Registration also automatically enrolls individuals in the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides subsidized access for those needing to take a cab ride or utilize a rental car or ride-hailing service like Lyft in the case of an emergency or unexpected schedule change at work.

“A monthly transit pass is $78 and provides unlimited rides on the MetroLink and MetroBus,” added Cella. “This is an affordable means for traveling, especially considering sky rocketing gas prices.”

CMT reserves the right to reject any registration for any reason. Individuals must be new riders to transit to participate.  One winner will be selected from those who register for the Try and Ride on June 17.


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