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MetroLink Offers Free Bus Rides


School children in the Illinois Quad Cities can ride the bus to school for free this fall. MetroLink says fares will be waived for k-12 students.

Manager of Administration Jennifer Hirsch says MetroLink mainly serves students in the Rock Island and Moline school districts.

"They use either our fixed routes or they use what we call our school peak service. We put additional service out in the morning and the afternoon to accommodate those school age children."

Students will save 50-cents per ride.

Hirsch says before the pandemic, about 2,000 k-12 students would ride Metro buses each day, or about 20 per cent of their daily ridership.

Helping to make up for the lost revenue will be federal COVID relief dollars.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.