The St. Clair County Transit District, along with the St. Clair County Office on Aging, has set new dates for when people can obtain Senior Citizen Bus Passes and Benefits Access Passes, according to a public notice.
Starting in April, passes will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month, on the fifth floor of the St. Clair County Courthouse at 10 Public Square in Belleville, except on days the courthouse is closed.
In order to receive a benefits access pass, people must first apply at the Illinois Department of Aging website at www.illinois.gov/aging.
According to the notice, for assistance in completing the application for a Benefits Access Pass, people may contact:
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• Programs and Services for Older Persons in Belleville at 618-234-4410
• Living Independently Now Center in Swansea at 618-235-9988
• Christian Home Care Services, Inc. and Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers in Lebanon at 618-537-6223
• The Clyde C. Jordan Food Bank in East St. Louis at 618-293-6700
• Health Visions in East St. Louis at 618-271-7000
• AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville 618-222-2561
• Millstadt Township Senior Services at 618-476-3731
Residents of the St. Clair County Transit District who are age 65 years and older can obtain a Senior Citizens Pass that permits them to ride fixed MetroBus routes and MetroLink free. Seniors should bring a valid driver’s license or state issued photo identification.
Rides on the Alternative Transportation System or Special Events bus service are not eligible for this benefit. The Benefits Access Pass, which helps people with disabilities obtain free transit, is valid for free rides in St. Clair County only, the notice said.
For more information contact the St. Clair County Transit District at 618-628-8090 or the St. Clair County Office on Aging at 618-234-4410 ext 7080.