IndyGo extends bus pass grants to enhance transportation accessibility

Posted: 14 July 2023 | | No comments yet

By providing bus passes and fare discounts, this initiative aims to increase accessibility to public transportation, ensuring that vulnerable individuals in Marion County have affordable means of reaching essential services and opportunities.

IndyGo extends bus pass grants to enhance transportation accessibility

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The IndyGo Foundation and IndyGo have announced that they are joining forces for the third consecutive year to extend Bus Pass Grants to 501(c)3 non-profit organisations, allowing them to offer transportation assistance to Marion County residents. The Bus Pass Grants programme enables non-profits to apply for funding through a competitive grant process. Applications will be accepted from 10 July to 30 July 2023, with grant awards expected in January 2024.

In the previous year, the Foundation distributed a record-breaking 27,000 bus passes to 79 local non-profits, making public transportation more accessible to the community. With partnerships established with over 160 non-profits, the Foundation anticipates an even greater impact from this year’s grant round.

“The Bus Pass Grants initiative was the IndyGo Foundation’s first programme, and it has been rewarding to see the programme grow and our relationships with non-profit organisations deepen over the past two years,” said IndyGo Foundation Executive Director Emily Meaux. “These grants are a tool for equity, ensuring the most vulnerable individuals in our community have access to affordable transportation.”

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In addition to the Bus Pass Grants, the IndyGo Foundation offers non-profit organisations a 50% discount on full-fare bus passes. Applications for the non-profit discount are open year-round, aiming to facilitate non-profits in assisting individuals in their pursuit of transportation independence for various needs such as employment, food, healthcare and essential services.

These programmes are supported by the IndyGo Foundation’s Mobility Access Fund, which collaborates with IndyGo to provide fare assistance. Furthermore, IndyGo offers free and reduced programmes to specific groups such as veterans, seniors, individuals with disabilities and students.

Through the ongoing partnership between the IndyGo Foundation and IndyGo, these initiatives strive to improve transportation accessibility and support the wellbeing of Marion County residents.