Seattle's Free Ride Zone is gone, but there are still free rides.

Free circulator buses started their routes Monday in place of the Ride Free Zone.

This is heaven for me, said Robert Mangum, who rode from his Belltown apartment to an appointment in Pioneer Square. Oh my God, I don't have to walk. I'm happy.

Three small buses ran Monday through Seattle's social service network, from Harborview Medical Center to the Urban Rest Stop to dozens of clinics and missions.

When the Ride Free Zone ended last week, thousands of poor and homeless thought they would have to come up with $2.25 or walk.

On this first day of the circulator routes, most buses were empty. But, the word may get out.

The free circulator buses are a 15-month pilot program.

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