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  Ride Free Transit Benefit  

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Seniors who wish to qualify for the Ride Free Transit benefit must apply using the Benefit Access Application and meet the eligibility requirements for benefits. For more information, call 1-800-252-8966 or visit to enroll. The income limits to qualify for the Ride Free Transit benefit are $27,610 for a household of one, $36,635 for a household of two, and $45,657 for a household of three.

Answers provided to the following questions are meant only to give general guidance and not legal advice. The answers do not replace legal requirements set by applicable federal or state laws and regulations.

Note: Use of the word spouse also includes a civil union partner.

How do I apply?

Every other year, submit a completed Benefit Access Application. Check the box for yourself (and for your spouse) in the application to indicate that you/ or you and your spouse want to apply for the transit benefit.

You must meet all of the requirements of the Benefit Access program. See Do I qualify? for details.

After I'm enrolled in the Benefit Access Program, what's the next step?

Once you have filed for your benefits and are approved, you will be able to print a letter of eligibility from our website to show your local fixed-route transit system. It is your responsibility to contact the transit system you wish to ride. Please note that your local fixed-route transit system may still require a local transit ID.

What if I want more information about the Ride Free program?

For more information, call 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

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