Metropolitan Council to End Free Rides for Essential Health Care Workers
The Metropolitan Council is ending a program that provided free rides to front-line health care workers. Starting March 1, essential health care workers will have to pay to use Metro Mobility bus service.
The door-to-door service typically provides rides for people with disabilities or health conditions. But it was made available to health care workers during the early days of the pandemic last year when Metro Transit bus service wasn’t widely available.
The Met Council says the free rides were always a temporary arrangement. The regional government agency says there’s a growing demand for Metro Mobility service. Combine that with more health care workers being vaccinated, and the agency says it was time to return to normal operations.
Health care workers wanting to use Metro Mobility after March 1 will have to pay $3.50 during off-peak hours or $4.50 during peak hours.