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Phoenix offering free bus, light rail passes

The Phoenix Public Transit Department is teaming up with other city organizations to provide Phoenix residents public transit passes. 

Earlier this year, the Phoenix City Council developed a plan to utilize the American Rescue Plan Act funding to purchase and distribute public transit passes for Phoenix residents; $1 million was earmarked to ensure transit dependent passengers can continue their travels.

The Public Transit Department has partnered with other city departments and organizations to provide passes to communities seeking assistance. The passes can be used for 31 consecutive days after activation and can be used for both bus and light rail transportation. 

“You know this is another tool right in our tool belt to be able to help the community get the public transit assistance that they need to sort of, you know, get back on their feet," said Brenda Yanez with the Phoenix Public Transit department.

Yanez mentioned assisting with public transit can provide more opportunities for the community to get back to work, school and personal errands. This can have a positive impact on Valley residents who rely on public transportation in their day to day lives. 

The city says members of the public can contact one of the more than 30 participating organizations to get a pass.

Thalia Lopez is an intern at KJZZ and entering her final year at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lopez is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in theater.Growing up in Arizona, Lopez has become familiar with the different cultures that spread across the state and has developed a love for connecting with the community.When off the clock, Lopez enjoys advancing her acting skills, finding new ways to improve her health and watching movies with her friends and family.