Port Authority bus

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Port Authority bus

State Reps. Natalie Mihalek, R-Upper St. Clair, and Mike Turzai, R-Marshall Township, announced that the Port Authority of Allegheny County will continue to accept blue or yellow Pennsylvania Senior Transit Cards indefinitely.

Seniors who use their Medicare ID card were the only ones required to obtain a Senior ConnectCard by Dec. 31 to continue to ride public transportation for free.

The new Senior ConnectCard works just like a ConnectCard but does not need to be loaded with stored value or a pass.

It only needs to be tapped at the fare box.

“We’re aware of the confusion some people are experiencing as the Port Authority transitions its method of delivering free transportation to seniors. As always, our staff members are ready to help,” Mihalek said. “We also want seniors using the blue or yellow paper cards to know that there’s nothing they need to do if they wish to continue enjoying free transportation.”

Both state representatives’ district offices are prepared to help seniors using their Medicare card apply for the Senior ConnectCard. Normal business hours for the offices resume Jan. 2, although residents are encouraged to call before visiting to confirm availability.

Mihalek’s office can be reached at 724-942-2045, and Turzai’s at 412-369-2230.

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