Free bus rides for El Paso County begin April 1

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve “free rides” through the El Paso County transit system.

The free rides are in response to rising gasoline prices affecting the country.

They will begin on April 1 and continue for six months until September 30.

“At the end of the day, we are still in an attractive economic position in terms of just gas but also other goods and services due to rising inflation,” said Jose Landeros, director of strategic development at county administration department.

Landeros offered “Free Rides”, mentioning that other countries already offer free fares in their transit systems.

“Today there are around 100 cities across the country, many of them in Europe, where public transit is a public service provided to residents, and there are no fees associated with it,” said Landeros.

El Paso County commissioners agreed the program would be beneficial.

“You’re watching students, veterans, seniors. I think it will benefit so many people, and I hope because I know it will be a hit that our contemporaries in the city will follow,” Carlos said. Leon, El Paso County Commissioner for Precinct 1.

“Wonderful, wonderful initiative, but it won’t work unless the community knows about it,” said Iliana Holguin, El Paso County Commissioner for Precinct 3.

The county has enough money with the emergency grants that are in place as well as formula funding to continue and maintain general operations without impacting the general county fund.

The program will be monitored for the next three months, with the results reported to the courts to see if they wish to extend the promotional tariff for more time.

Christy J. Olson