A new pilot program is helping students ride public transit to school– for free. The Clark County School District (CCSD) wanted to try something different to provide an alternative to the traditional school bus, especially for students who wanted to take up after-school activities but didn’t have transportation. To make the idea a reality, CCSD reached out to the RTC for help.
That forged a partnership with the RTC and CCSD to provide free transit bus passes to eligible students who sign up for the program. Students can participate in the program, provided they are first eligible for CCSD transportation services. That means students must live more than two miles from their school. Once students sign up for the program, CCSD purchases passes from the RTC at a discounted rate and then gives the passes to students in the program.
The free passes give students full access to all of RTC’s routes, so they can use transit for safe and reliable transportation to get to and from school, but also anywhere else they may need to go. This opens doors for students who participate in extracurricular activities after school and may not have a ride home. Students with jobs can also use the bus pass to get to and from work.
It didn’t take long for the program to take off. Watch the video below to learn how the program’s success is now spreading to a second campus.