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Rock Region Metro partners with PTC to offer transit pass

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Pulaski Technical College is partenering up with Rock Region METRO to offer PTC students, faculty and staff a fare-free universal transit pass for 2016.

On Tuesday, the Rock Region METRO Board of Directors approved the launch of this pilot program, which provides passholders with unlimited bus and streetcar rides for one year.

"We're excited to team with Pulaski Tech to offer this first-ever pass," said Jarod Varner, Rock Region METRO executive director. "The pass lets the Pulaski Tech community get the most value out of our transit system. If it proves successful in this pilot program year, we hope to partner with other area academic institutions and large employers to offer their students and employees an affordable, safe way to get to and from campus."

The universal pass program will debut at PTC on Jan. 19. The college will supply students, faculty and staff members with related special identification. Passholders will then be able to show their specially marked IDs to Rock Region METRO bus drivers and streetcar operators to use the system, free of charge, during all system operating hours and on all routes. The program replaces a Rock Region METRO corporate pass program in which PTC participated and sold discounted 31-day bus passes to students and employees. Through the universal pass program, PTC will pay one monthly flat fee to Rock Region METRO in exchange for the ability for all students, faculty and staff to have unlimited use of the system.

"Transportation can be the difference in whether our students have access to higher education, so we are happy to partner with Rock Region METRO to make that access even more attainable by removing the fee barrier for our passholders," said Dr. Margaret Ellibee, Pulaski Technical College president. "Not only is it a smart investment for our future alumni but also this partnership will help alleviate traffic congestion and parking demands on campus and is yet another way to promote sustainability among our students, faculty and staff."