Ben Franklin Transit to offer free bus service on Earth Day

April 18, 2024 10:11 AM


Ben Franklin Transit to offer free bus service on Earth Day

(Richland, WA) In celebration of Earth Day, Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) will offer free rides on its fixed-route bus service* on Monday, April 22. Research shows that public transportation reduces air pollution, leads to clearer skies and healthier communities, and improves road congestion and community mobility.

“We hope to encourage people who haven’t used BFT services to ride with us by offering free fares on Earth Day,” said BFT Interim General Manager Sarah Funk.

To plan your free trip on BFT, download the Transit app or the MyRide app and enter your destination.

*Free rides only on Fixed Route buses. Not free on CONNECT or Dial-A-Ride.

About Ben Franklin Transit:

Ben Franklin Transit is the public transportation system for the Tri-Cities area of Benton and Franklin Counties in southeastern Washington State. Our guiding purpose is to provide safe, reliable, affordable transportation to the community to support personal mobility, economic diversity, and growth. BFT’s Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) covers 616 square miles and serves the cities of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, West Richland, Benton City, Prosser, and the town of Finley.

In 2022, Ben Franklin Transit celebrated 40 years of providing essential transportation services to this community. Since its inaugural trip in May of 1982, BFT has grown from 45 to over 400 vehicles, including buses, Dial-A-Ride, Vanpool, and CONNECT.  The agency now services almost 1,000 bus stops and has grown from fewer than 60 employees to over 400.