Since mid-2009, Disabled Veterans have been able to ride the transit systems throughout the state for free; some Veterans are still unaware of this benefit. It is one more way the State of Minnesota has chosen to honor Veterans. And with each adult Transit ticket costing between $2.25 and $3.00, this benefit helps Veterans keep a couple extra dollars in their pockets, and helps tremendously for Veterans needing special disability vehicles to travel.
Disabled Veterans are able to ride the Metro Transit Busses for free with a valid Veteran’s Identification Card. By presenting this card to bus operators, disabled Veterans can use any fixed-route service in the state. This includes Metro Transit and suburban transit providers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as well as regular-route services in Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester, Moorhead, East Grand Forks and Mankato.
The free ride benefit also extends to a personal care attendant assisting a disabled Veteran as they travel.
Previously, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) transportation service was responsible for transporting all disabled Veterans to and from the VA Hospital. By allowing Veterans free Metro Transit rides, the stress for the DAV to transport all disabled Veterans has been greatly reduced. This service gives Veterans more convenient options to not only the VA Hospital, but throughout the metro area as well.
To qualify for the free rides, disabled Veterans must show a Veterans Identification Card, or VIC issued by a VA Medical Center with the words “Service Connected” or the initials “SC” below the photo. The cards are available at the VA medical centers in Minneapolis and St. Cloud.
For more information on the on how to obtain a Veterans Identification Card call 612-467-1991 or visit the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs website.