NORFOLK, Neb. -- The North Fork Area Transit announced on Thursday they will be continuing to offer "Veterans Ride Free."

The continuance of this program is in direct result of a continued sponsorship from Norfolk Iron & Metal (NIM).

NIM Group President Arnie Robinson said, "Norfolk Iron & Metal is proud to be a part of this important community program. Since last Veteran's Day, 2,900 rides have been provided to veterans in our community. We're grateful for the opportunity to thank our local veterans for their service, and are honored to be the sponsor of the Veterans Ride Free program."

The Area Transit said the Veterans Ride Free program includes free rides on any ForkLift route. 

The ForkLift bus offers transportation services on three routes in Norfolk and two regional routes that go to Madison and Wayne. 

The Area Transit said that in addition, curbside service can be scheduled by anyone who lives within three-quarters of a mile from any of the marked stops.

ForkLift operates Monday through Friday. Veterans will need to identify themselves to their driver upon boarding.

"Our veterans are cherished members of our community and we are thankful to Norfolk Iron & Metal for making it possible to provide free transit services to them," said Jeff Stewart, Executive Director of North Fork Area Transit.