Veterans Program Surpasses Half a Million Rides

Date:November 09, 2017

More than 3,500 Passes in the hands of Kansas City veterans

(Kansas City, Mo. – Nov. 9, 2017)  In honor of Veterans Day, RideKC reminds area veterans that free fare is available every day with the RideKC Veterans Pass. The Free Fare for Veterans program began in April of this year, and the program has provided more than 500,000 rides and distributed more than 3,500 passes. KCATA, in partnership with the Kansas City Veterans Administration and the Veteran Community Project (VCP), honors veterans through this program. The initiative is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Labor Unions/AFL-CIO.

U.S. Army veteran Dana Purnell has been using the RideKC Veterans Pass for several months.

“It’s a blessing, it really is,” said Purnell. “I don’t have to worry about that next paycheck to have a card to utilize to get me to and fro. It’s always in my wallet. It’s beautiful.”

The pass is available at the VCP in south Kansas City, 8900 Troost, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The RideKC Veterans Pass is the only form of identification that allows veterans to ride for free. Program participants must bring valid proof of veteran status:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs ID
  • Active military service ID
  • State of Missouri photo ID showing veteran status

Veterans Day Service and Observation

Area transit providers will operate regular Saturday service on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and regular weekday service on the day before Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10. In observance of the holiday, KCATA administrative offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10. However, the Regional Call Center and the RideKC Freedom offices will operate normal hours on Friday.

For route information, contact the Regional Call Center at (816) 221-0660, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., or visit us at

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