Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Grand Valley Transit offers discount passes to veterans

Grand Valley Transit (GVT) is excited to announce a 50 percent discount on all GVT fixed-route passes to veterans. Veterans eligible for the discount GVT bus passes include all types of discharges except for those with dishonorable discharges. The Veteran Discount Pass Program is made possible through the collaboration of the Mesa County Veteran Services provided through Aging and Disability Resources of Colorado (ADRC), Veterans Affairs Grand Junction regional office and Grand Valley Transit.

Mesa County has an estimated population of 14,000 - 15,000 veterans. Transportation services exist for a fraction of this population through various programs and agencies, but the community partners have discussed ways to help the veterans who are not eligible for those transportation services.  “For those who gave so much to our country, we wanted to do more for the veterans in our community,” said Brian Oney, Veteran Services Officer under ADRC.

Veterans who would like to take advantage of this discount pass program must have their veteran status verified by Oney, located at the Mesa County Workforce Center. Veterans can be verified by appointment only by calling (970) 248 -2733 or emailing brian.oney@mesacounty.us.  After verification of veteran status, veterans can go to GVT West Transfer Facility’s pass office located at 612 24 ½ Road Monday-Saturday from 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. or the GVT Downtown Pass Office located at 525 S. 6th Street Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.to purchase any type of pass - day, month, annual, etc.  Veterans must present a valid photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, veteran ID, etc.) to GVT staff at the time of purchase.

GVT strives to meet the diverse travel needs of the communities we serve.  As GVT officials receive community feedback and review services, necessary changes are made.
“Grand Valley Transit has supported our veterans with free rides to the annual Veteran Stand Down event, but have repeatedly heard requests for discount passes,” said Elizabeth Collins, Transportation Planner for Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office. “Through this collaboration, GVT can now accommodate a gap in services that currently exists in the community to better serve those who have served us.”

If you have questions about the Veteran Discount Pass Program, please call 256-RIDE or visit gvt.mesacounty.us and follow the “Fares/Passes” quick link.  To assist with trip planning, customers may use the GVT Trip Planner online at gvteta.com or call (970) 256-RIDE (7433) from 5 a.m.. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.