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Houston Metro Rolls Out Free Rides For Some Vets

Applicants include those with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or 40 percent service-connected disability because of the amputation of a lower extremity, and also those who have earned a medal of valor.

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  • Justin Marcum, Sr, a Katy Resident and Combat Veteran awaits his free card.
    Justin Marcum, Sr, a Katy Resident and Combat Veteran awaits his free card.
  • Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016,  Application.
    Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016, Application.
  • Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016,  Metro Supervisor Rhonda Hensley gives veterans a ride to the VA to get certified for the free rides prior to the program launch.
    Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016, Metro Supervisor Rhonda Hensley gives veterans a ride to the VA to get certified for the free rides prior to the program launch.
  • Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016,  Veteran receives his MVP card after certification.
    Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016, Veteran receives his MVP card after certification.
  • Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016,  The Metro Veterans Program card
    Houston Downtown Transit Center, April 11. 2016, The Metro Veterans Program card

Qualified decorated and disabled veterans can now ride Houston’s light rail, buses and Park and Ride for free.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Houston launched the six month pilot program on Monday honoring those who’ve served.

Justin Marcum, Sr., an Army and Air Force Combat vet from Katy, said this program will help him when he comes into town, or drives the HOT lanes.

"Most of the vets that are 50 percent or higher can't work. They have limited incomes compared to the other vets. So hopefully down the road, it'll be open to all vets, but it's a good start," said Marcum.

Veterans with a VA disability rating of 50 percent or more can fill out a form at ridemetro.org.

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