New ‘Veterans Ride Free’ Program

North Fork Area Transit is now offering a new “Veterans Ride Free” program that is a direct result of a generous sponsorship from Norfolk Iron and Metal (NIM). NIM Group President, Arnie Robinson stated, “Norfolk Iron & Metal is proud to be a part of this important community program.  We are eager to have the opportunity to thank our local veterans for their service, and are honored to be the sponsor of the Veterans Ride Free program.” 

The Veterans Ride Free program includes access to the existing call ahead ride service called, ‘Telelift’. Veterans can schedule a ride at least 24 hours in advance by calling 402-379-4595 between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Ride service is available seven days a week.

The program will also include the new flexroute bus service called ‘Forklift’  coming in the spring of 2022. The bus will provide rides along three routes and at almost 100 bus stops across the community. In addition, curbside service can be scheduled by anyone who lives within three-quarters of a mile from any of the marked stops.  Forklift will operate six days a week.

“Our veterans are cherished members of our community and we are thankful to Norfolk Iron and Metal for making it possible to provide our services for free to them,” said Jeanne Doerneman, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit. Veterans will need to identify themselves as a veteran when scheduling rides and will be asked to show a military ID to their driver upon boarding.