Seniors ride free with Merski

Residents can now obtain passes from Merski’s district office to ‘ride the e for free’

ERIE, July 10 – At a joint news conference today, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, and the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority announced a new program that allows seniors to obtain free bus passes – which they can use to ride any EMTA bus for free – at Merski’s district office.

Merski said helping residents with essential services such as transportation is one of his office’s key functions. 

“One of our most important jobs here in Erie is to help make life easier for residents, and particularly those who may be facing mobility issues or other challenges,” Merski said. “That’s why I’m so excited that our office is now offering the free Senior Identification cards that allow eligible residents to enjoy EMTA’s free senior ride program.

“The best part is, our office can help make this a ‘one-stop-shop’ process in which we supply the application, provide any help the senior may need with applying, and then issue the card itself that same day. It saves time and effort, and it’s a great way to give back to the many seniors who have done so much to enrich our community.”

Merski’s district office is located at 3901 Liberty St., 16509.

Seniors who come in to apply must bring an acceptable proof-of-age document, which may include: a valid driver’s license, birth certificate, armed forces discharge or separation papers, passport or naturalization papers, a PACE card, a Statement of Age Verification issued by the Social Security Office, a baptismal certificate, a PennDOT non-driver’s license, a veteran’s universal access card or a residential alien card.

The passes may be used on any public bus route in the commonwealth.

Those interested in learning more about EMTA’s senior ride program can visit and scroll down to the section titled “Senior Citizen Program – Fixed Route.”  Residents can also call the EMTA Ride Line at 814-452-3515.

Residents with questions about how to obtain the pass through Merski’s district office can contact the office at (814) 455-6319.