– Reps. Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington) and Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) announced that the Port Authority will continue to accept blue or yellow Pennsylvania Senior Transit Cards indefinitely.
Only seniors who currently use their Medicare ID card to ride public transportation for free must have obtained a Senior ConnectCard by Dec. 31, 2019. The new Senior ConnectCard works just like a ConnectCard but does not need to be loaded with stored value or a pass. It only needs to be tapped at the fare box.
“We’re aware of the confusion some people are experiencing as the Port Authority transitions its method of delivering free transportation to seniors. As always, our staff members are ready to help,” Mihalek, Ortitay and Turzai said. “We also want seniors using the blue or yellow paper cards to know that there’s nothing they need to do if they wish to continue enjoying free transportation.”
All three state representatives’ offices are prepared to help seniors using their Medicare card apply for the Senior ConnectCard. However, because of the holidays, offices have limited hours. Typically, normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. However, residents are encouraged to call before visiting to confirm availability.
Mihalek’s district office can be reached at 724-942-2045, Ortitay’s district office can be reached at 412-221-5110 and Turzai’s district office can be reached at 412-369-2230.
Representative Natalie Mihalek
40th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Brooke Haskell