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CityLink to Celebrate 14th Annual Jerome Lilly Passenger Appreciation Day on Apr. 20

On Thursday, April 20, 2023, CityLink will celebrate its 14th Annual Passenger Appreciation Day to honor Jerome Lilly by providing free rides to passengers all day on CityLink fixed route buses, CityLift paratransit vehicles and CountyLink rural transportation vehicles. This is the second year of including CityLift and CountyLink passengers. Lilly, a beloved General Manager of CityLink, passed away unexpectedly in 2007. Passenger Appreciation Day is observed on April 20 (or a nearby date if it falls on a weekend) in honor of Lilly’s birthday anniversary. The downtown CityLink Transit Center was dedicated in Jerome Lilly’s honor on April 19, 2009.

This year will be the return of a free giveaway for passengers who stop by the Transit Center lobby between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on April 20. Passengers on CityLift and CountyLink will be given the giveaway item when they ride those services that day. The giveaway item is available while supplies last. Additionally, a live radio remote from the Transit Center is planned from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with Z 92.3’s Brian and the Morning Grind.

“We are pleased to continue our tradition of Jerome Lilly Passenger Appreciation Day on April 20. We want to take this opportunity to thank our passengers for their dedicated support of the public transit services we provide.”

CityLink General Manager Doug Roelfs.

Earth Day is just two days later, on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Since its beginnings in 1970, nearly 200 countries across the world participate in Earth Day to promote a clean environment for generations to come. Passenger Appreciation Day on April 20 is a great opportunity to ride a CityLink bus and become more familiar with the service. Riding the bus is also an environmentally friendly transportation option. All CityLink fuel powered buses use B20 biodiesel fuel and they are Tier 4 Emission Certified with Cummins Engines, which means they emit cleaner air than they take in. In addition, CityLink has four diesel-electric hybrid buses in its fleet, and it added three battery-electric zero-emission buses to its fleet last year. Passenger Appreciation Day is a chance for individuals who may not normally ride the bus to enjoy a free, safe and comfortable ride to their destination and do their part to participate in Earth Day by choosing CityLink.

For information on service and routes, please call 676-4040 or visit www.ridecitylink.org.

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