End of the Free Ride for Seniors?

A press release from Knoxville Area Transit highlights yet another of the programs marked for a big whack in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's proposed budget: the Seniors FREEdom program, which lets Knox Countians age 65 and older ride for free. Burchett's belt-tightening budget would cut the program's funding from $75,000 to $25,000—effectively ending it as of October, according to KAT.

The program, which serves 8,000 to 10,000 older riders a month, was started by former Mayor Mike Ragsdale. If it ends, those riders will have to pay the standard senior discount rate of 75 cents per ride. The County Commission is expected to vote on the budget at a special meeting on June 13.