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BART to offer free tickets to military on leave from Iraq, Afghanistan

Must go to Lake Merritt BART station with ID cards to receive $50 in tickets

Beginning in 2010, BART will offer free $50 tickets to active duty military personnel who are in the Bay Area on leave from duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, the agency's Board of Directors has decided.

BART is the first major transportation agency in the nation to offer free tickets to members of the military on leave from fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq or Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, according to agency officials.

The board decided in an 8-to-1 vote today to allow the service members to receive one ticket worth $50. The program will go into effect in January and last for a year.

"This is a small token of our deep appreciation to the men and women who leave their loved ones behind and put their lives on the line to defend our freedom," BART Board President Thomas Blalock said in a statement.

The program will issue up to $50,000 worth of the free tickets to military members who are in active duty, are on leave from Afghanistan or Iraq, have a valid order from the military to be on leave, and present the order and a valid military ID card to the Customer Services Center at the Lake Merritt BART station.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

Thank you BART for doing this for our dedicated hard working men and women of the United States Armed Forces.


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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:01 am

Good call BART.


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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:20 am

I think Bart and all public transportation should comp all active duty military. Way to be leaders BART. Too bad it is not universal.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Now that's what I call WAY COOL! VIVA BART and the BART UNION! VIVA!


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I think this is a wonderful idea.....but how are they paying for it?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm

They're not paying for anything.....the rides are FREE!


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