Transpo Setting Youth Ridership Records

08/02/18 at 01:54 PM

Transpo is setting K-12 youth ridership records thanks to the 2018 Summer Travel Program.

The Summer Travel Program first began in 2013 and provided K-12 students with unlimited travel the months of June, July and August for a discounted rate of $30. This year, in order to introduce more K-12 youth to public transportation and increase the access to employment, educational and recreational opportunities, the program was offered at no charge.

Through July 31, the program has provided 14,965 rides to K-12 youth, exceeding the previous summer-long record of 7,353 set in 2014. The program runs through August 31, 2018. With the start of school just around the corner, it's the perfect time for K-12 students to take advantage of the free travel. To be eligible, students must show a valid K-12 student identification card or pick up a Summer Travel Pass from Transpo's office, located at 1401 S. Lafayette Blvd in South Bend.

“We anticipated our youth ridership would increase, but the results through July have exceed our expectations,” said Amy Hill, Interim General Manager & CEO. “Public transportation is a critical component of every vibrant, successful community. Knowning how easy it is to use, and how convenient it is for those who don't have a car, or aren't old enough to drive, is what the program is all about.”

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