MDOT MTA Celebrates World Car Free Day with Free Transit Rides

 Register by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 20, to Get Three Days of Free Roundtrips;

New CharmFlex Money-Saving Fare Option Makes it Easier Than Ever
 for Those on a Flexible Work Schedule to Go Car Free

BALTIMORE, MD (September 16, 2021) - The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) is celebrating World Car Free Day by offering three days of free roundtrips for everyone who registers by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 20. The free rides will be pushed electronically to the user through the new CharmFlex option on the CharmPass mobile fare payment app. While riders are encouraged to use one of their free roundtrips on World Car Free Day, Wednesday, September 22, they can redeem their free rides at any time.

“MDOT MTA works hard to support World Car Free Day, and encourages car-free travel every day.” said MDOT MTA Acting Administrator Holly Arnold. “With faster routes, signage offering real-time updates, new ways to pay and even more on the horizon, we’re doing our best to make transit a first choice option.”

The decision to take transit has long been recognized as a smart financial move. According to the American Public Transportation Association, households can save nearly $10,000 annually by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

To make the choice to use transit even easier, MDOT MTA recently introduced the new CharmFlex option to the CharmPass mobile fare payment app. CharmFlex was developed to lower the cost of transit for commuters working fewer or non-consecutive days at their employer’s workspace. Sold in six- and 20-trip bundles, CharmFlex costs about 15% less than the cost of fare for trips sold individually, and can be used for up to a year following purchase.

There is no cost to download the CharmPass app. Eligibility for the three free round-trip rides is open to all who register at, where more information is available about CharmFlex. There is no purchase necessary to claim the three free roundtrips, and eligibility is open to all who register by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 20.

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