Ozark Regional Transit to offer zero-fare service through 2021

by Jeff Della Rosa ([email protected]) 586 views 

Springdale-based transit provider Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) announced Thursday (Oct. 22) a $144,269 grant from the Walton Family Foundation will allow ORT to continue to provide zero-fare service through 2021.

The grant that was announced during ORT’s board meeting offsets losses related to COVID-19 and provides for a “safe, contactless” service, a news release shows.

“We are focused on ensuring a safe, efficient experience for all riders and drivers,” said Joel Gardner, ORT executive director. “This new support will allow Ozark Regional Transit to expand the use and accessibility of public transportation in Northwest Arkansas.”

Gardner added that all of ORT’s services will be zero-fare through December 2021. ORT launched a zero-fare pilot program in August 2018 in Fayetteville. In January, Springdale and Rogers also provided the money to shift service to zero-fare.