Be Mighty METRO
In September 2022 CALS is changing from Rides to Reads to our new program, Be Mighty METRO. The Be Mighty METRO program is for active CALS library program participants. It is our goal to work with Rock Region METRO, the City of Little Rock, and other agencies to make sure as many people as possible have access to transportation, without duplicating services. Please read the eligibility criteria listed below, to ensure you are not eligible for passes through another program available in the city.
Be Mighty METRO will be available for caregivers and their kids. The goal of the program is to increase access to USDA meal distribution sites for kids & teens. This project is made possible with funding from the National Recreation & Park Association. The program will run for one year, until the end of August 2023. We hope to keep the program in this format throughout the entirety of the year.
How to Apply
Caregivers & youth can visit one of 4 participating library branches (Children’s, Dee Brown, Fletcher, and Williams) come September 1, 2022, to apply for the program. Once patrons are enrolled in the program, participants will receive a metro ID card and monthly passes to use in the bus pass reader.
Children 18 and under must be present at the time of registration. Each program participant will receive a metro ID card and a monthly pass to use in the pass reader.
For more information call 501-918-3000.
Passes are available during library operating hours, except where noted.
- Children’s Library & Learning Center, 1400 W. 10th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204
- Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Road, Little Rock, AR 72209
- Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan Street, Little Rock, AR 72205
- Williams Library, 1800 S. Chester Street, Little Rock, AR 72206
More Transportation Resources in Central Arkansas
Rock Region METRO offers transportation equity programs including the Transportation Alliance Project (TAP) and several education agreements. For more information about TAP, call (501) 664-5036. For more information about education agreements, contact your school, college, or workplace.
Transportation Alliance Project
Rock Region METRO and the Arkansas Homeless Coalition administer TAP, which provides fare-free bus passes to people transitioning from temporary and supported housing to permanent housing and vocational development.
Public Education Agreements
Little Rock School District: All students, faculty, and staff
University of Arkansas – Little Rock: All students, faculty, and staff
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College: All students, faculty, and staff
Charter/ Private Education Agreements
eStem: All students and staff at all locations
Lisa Academy: Students at the West Middle Hybrid School (Corporate Hill West Campus) and West High School (Markham & Hughes Campus)
Shorter College: All students
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I participated in Rides to Reads but do not qualify for Be Mighty METRO?
This program is grant funded and we must follow guidelines set by our organization, our partners, and our grantors. We hope you will continue to visit the libraries and participate in programs. We are actively seeking additional resources to provide our patrons and hope you will find your place with us at CALS. You can find additional resources available locally on findhelp.org.
What if I already have my Be Mighty METRO ID but I need my next month’s paper pass?
Visit a participating branch for your next month’s pass.
What happens if I lose my Be Mighty METRO badge?
Visit a participating branch for a replacement. We may have to charge you a replacement fee, so please keep track of your badge. We keep a record of all program participants.
What happens if the fare reader damages my monthly METRO pass?
We have new plastic passes that are easier to use and should not be damaged in the fare reader. If this does happen, visit a participating branch for a replacement pass. ONLY one replacement paper pass will be issued.