MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today, you'll be able to ride any Rogue Valley Transportation District bus for free. RVTD said Free Fare Day is just one way to say thank you to regular riders. RVTD will have another Free Fair Day next Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The next two weeks are actually part of the statewide Get There Challenge. Oregon and RVTD are working together to encourage people to think of other ways they can get to work, such as walking, biking or busing. That's why RVTD is offering free bus rides today.
Holly Smyth is a regular rider. Smyth takes the bus multiple times a day, five days a week. She uses it to drop her son off at day care, go to work and head home. She said Free Fare Day can give people a chance to run extra errands.
"It would open up time to go shopping if I needed to go shopping," said Smyth. "Or if I needed to take care of stuff before going to work, I could just cram it all into one day instead of paying two dollars every time I had to go somewhere."
Free Fare Day is also an opportunity for new bus riders to try taking the bus to work.
"These free fare days are just a great opportunity for folks who haven't used the system to try it out for themselves," said Edem Gomez, who works for the Rogue Valley Transportation District. "They'll see if it works for them. And maybe they'll start riding the bus one or two times a week to work or school."
There are plenty of positive things about taking the bus, according to Gomez. Riding the bus to work can help the environment and save you gas money.
RVTD planned one more way to say thank you to riders. They'll be giving away free snacks and coffee at the Front Street Transfer Station from 7 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6 p.m.
Throughout the next two weeks of the Get There Challenge, you can log your bus rides on an app. This will enter you in a drawing for prizes. You can also log carpool rides, bike rides or walks. For more information about the Get There Challenge click here.