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With COVID waning, JTA ends free rides for health workers

Bill Bortzfield

Jacksonville health care workers who ride city buses for free will have to start paying for those trips next month.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will discontinue its Health Care Worker Free Ride Program on Dec. 1.

JTA began offering the free bus rides in 2020 as a way to thank health care employees who had to go to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JTA said it was ending the service because state and federal governments have lifted COVID-19 restrictions.

Cyd Hoskinson began working at WJCT on Valentine’s Day 2011.