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MetroLink Offers Free Bus Rides

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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.