Thousands in Allegheny County begin getting free, discounted transit cards

A public transit rider walks from the Pittsburgh Regional Transit Blue Line’s Library T Station to the park and ride lot.
After one year, the county will analyze how free and discounted fares impacted communities and households.

by Matt Petras, PublicSource

Patrice Aaron received a ConnectCard in December that gives her free, unlimited public transit rides.

“It helps tremendously for me because I have a son, and I’m a single mom as well, and I need to be able to get back and forth without feeling like I have to spend hundreds of dollars,” said the 29-year-old Hill District resident.

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services [DHS] will soon finish distributing discount ConnectCards to Pittsburgh Regional Transit [PRT] riders as a part of its Discounted Fares Pilot Program, and riders and organizers say it’s already changing lives. 


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