FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 September 2016
MONTEREY COUNTY HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION AND MONTEREY-SALINAS TRANSIT TEAM UP TO PROVIDE FREE TRANSIT PASSES TO HOSPITALITY EMPLOYEES
The Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) raised $4,500 during their Fund a Need auction at their Annual Dinner held in February. The money will provide complimentary Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) monthly GoPasses to employees of MCHA member businesses. In addition, MST matched this amount. In total, $9,000 in GoPasses will be distributed to local hospitality employees this year.
“We are excited that the response to the Fund a Need request was met with such enthusiasm both in the raising of money and the requesting of passes! We hope the employees who receive the free passes are excited as well!” MCHA Executive Director, Bonnie Adams said.
Each free MST Basic GoPass, valued at $95, allows unlimited travel for 31 days on MST bus lines that normally cost $2.50 or $1.50 per trip.
In addition, to help alleviate traffic congestion on the Peninsula during the Holman Highway 68 roundabout construction, MST is doing its part for the hospitality industry by deeply discounting its monthly Basic GoPass from $95 to $13. With this temporary discount, MCHA’s’ Fund a Need program is able to provide three times as many MST passes compared to last year.
MST’s Assistant General Manager, Hunter Harvath remarked, “We are grateful for the generosity of the MCHA members who donated money to pay for bus passes for the dedicated and hard working men and women who work in the hospitality industry. We are also proud of the long partnership between the two organizations.”
Each Hospitality Association member that requested bus passes received most, if not all, that were requested and more will be distributed in November ahead of the holiday season.