A local community group has teamed up with a health insurance company in Western New York to help make it a little easier for people to get around Buffalo.

The Resource Council of Western New York has joined forces with Fidelis Care to make available free monthly Metro Pass for the month of September available to residents of Buffalo's eastside.

The NFTA Metro card distribution will begin on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at the Buffalo Untied Resiliency Center that's located inside of the Resouce Councils offices at 347 East Ferry St. in Buffalo's historic Hamlin Park neighborhood.

This distribution is made to help residents who need assistance with the cost of public transportation.

We know, all to well, that access to reliable public transportation can offer pathways to education and employment, vital services, and other opportunities, that can help improve the health and well-being of individuals and the communities they live in.
-Catherine Roberts, Executive Director of the Resource Council of WNY

The distribution was originally going to be for people who live in the 14208 zip code but has since been expanded to also include folks who live in 14209, 14211, and 14215.

In order to qualify for a free Metro Pass you need to be at least 18 years old, have identification, and proof of residence in one of the included zip codes.

The Metro Passes will be available while supplies last and are free to anyone who meets the qualifications listed above.

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Since the tragedy that occurred on Jefferson Ave., residents of East Buffalo have seen a large increase in the services that are available in the community. In addition to this Metro Pass distribution, residents of Buffalo's east side also may be eligible for:

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