Washington State University Tri-Cities students, staff to ride Ben Franklin Transit for free

RICHLAND, Wash. — All Washington State University Tri-Cities students and staff can now ride any Ben Franklin Transit bus or CONNECT Service van for free, thanks to a new indefinite contract between the two agencies.

To receive the free pass, BFT officials said students and staff must show their WSU Cougar ID card at the security campus office.

“Then they can get onto any of our busses or CONNECT vans for free,” said Mindy Miley, a senior marketing and communications specialist with BFT.

Miley added that BFT hopes WSU residents will take advantage of the free passes — especially at a time when inflation is raising prices on all kinds of goods.

“I actually was just talking to the head of security earlier and he said that yesterday alone they had 70 students come in and get their passes,” Miley said. “With all of the expenses, it’s really going to help some students out.”

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