Free Rides for College Students and Veterans Extended After Successful Pilot Program
December 14, 2015
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors committed ongoing annual funding that allows Veterans to ride Sonoma County Transit for free. The Board also extended the pilot program for Sonoma County College Students to ride free through 2016. In 2016, the program will be funded with contributions from the Sonoma County Veterans Services Office, Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County general fund.
In 2015, Sonoma County Transit launched a successful pilot program to provide free rides for College Students and Veterans. Based on recent calculations, it is projected that 209,220 individual trips will be taken as a part of the 2015 pilot program, 30,950 by Veterans and 178,270 by College Students. The cost of the 2015 pilot program is projected to total $309,027, 0.63% under the original projection of $311,000 when the program was approved in September, 2014.
The program allows unrestricted access to Sonoma County Transit for all Sonoma County Veterans with a Veterans Administration identification card, or a Sonoma County Veterans ID card, and Sonoma County College Students attending the Santa Rosa Junior College or Sonoma State University.