Officials with the East Texas Council of Governments have announced veterans or military clients can now ride for free on the GoBus, a trip that had previously cost $4 per ride.
To take part in this offer, riders will need to notify the ETCOG dispatch office of their service as they are setting up an appointment and show their driver a form of service identification for their first trip.
“We’ve been working with veteran service organizations and see there is a huge need for this change,” said ETCOG Transportation Director, Vince Huerta. “Historically we would transport about 9,000 veterans trips a year, but the fares have affected ridership. We want to get back to showing our appreciation of these populations and taking them where they want to go.”
GoBus also marks the 1-year anniversary of providing GoVet, a coordinated service taking veterans living in Camp, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk, and Upshur counties to Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport, La., for medical appointments.
This service runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays -- or alternative days for groups -- and the fare for this service is now also complimentary.
“This is great!” said GoBus rider, Jack Youngblood. “I have to go to medical appointments in Shreveport at the VA Hospital and GoBus is the only way I can get there. All the drivers have been wonderful. Not having this charge will be very helpful.”
GoBus is a rural transportation service providing 7,000 trips a month to a 14-county region in East Texas.
GoBus provides safe, reliable, and friendly rural transportation service to everyone through an easy reservation process and inexpensive fares. Our service provides access to jobs, medical appointments, social services, shopping or wherever customers wish to go.
Trips are booked by calling 800-590-3371 to speak with our dispatch office. Find out more about GoBus at www.GoBusTransit.com.