FORT WALTON BEACH— Okaloosa County Transit representatives will offer free fares to the community Nov. 10 in honor of local veterans and their families. The system’s fixed routes will be closed on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.


FORT WALTON BEACH— Okaloosa County Transit representatives will offer free fares to the community Nov. 10 in honor of local veterans and their families. The system’s fixed routes will be closed on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.



Residents and visitors of Okaloosa County can ride any OCT bus to any destination for free all day on Monday. For routes and schedules, visit www.RideOCT.org or call OCT Manager Bob Berkstresser at 850-833-9168.



According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Okaloosa County is home to over 32,000 veterans. With such a strong veteran presence in the community, OCT’s manager Bob Berkstresser emphasizes the importance of celebrating these local heroes.



“We wanted to find a way to not only honor veterans, but also to honor their families,” said Berkstresser. “Offering free rides was the least we could do to show our gratitude and appreciation for those who have courageously served our country.”



In addition to the free rides, OCT is also conducting a social media contest  through November on its Facebook page. The system is calling for riders to nominate local veterans who deserve to be honored for their dedication and service. In early December, several veterans will be selected to win prizes, along with a grand-prize winner who will receive a one-year pass to ride OCT.