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Wichita Transit To Launch Free Fares Week

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Sean Sandefur
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Wichita Transit’s Free Fares Week launches next week, running Monday through Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Free Fares Week is designed to give new transit riders the opportunity to experience the public transit system for rides to work, school, errands and recreation.

Wichita Transit provided 58,415 rides during Free Fares Week in 2014. It's estimated that nearly 304,000 private vehicle miles were avoided and more than 400 pounds of ozone forming emissions were kept out of the air.

The free Transit rides are made possible through a federal grant provided to help improve air quality.

Free Fares Week will include a social media contest. Riders can take a “selfie” while riding a Transit bus and post the image on the Wichita Transit Facebook and Twitter pages using #catcharidewichita. Riders who post their selfie are eligible to win 1 of 10 bus passes in a drawing on June 23.

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This piece originally aired on June 11, 2015, during All Things Considered.