Council and local school boards extend student program to grade 11 students
Starting September 1, 2004, all grade 9, 10 and 11 students in Kingston and Amherstview can ride Kingston Transit for free thanks to a partnership between City Council, the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.
“Continuing to provide free bus passes to high school students is a great opportunity for us to get more people using our expanded transit service,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “Through a partnership with our local school boards we are extending the program to even more students – last year we extended the program to grade tens, and this year I am thrilled to see grade elevens included.”
The Grade 9 Transit Pass Pilot Project was introduced for the 2012/13 school year, allowing grade nine high school students in Kingston and Amherstview to ride the bus for free from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013. Last year, Council approved the continuation of the project and added grade ten students.
“The Limestone District School Board is pleased to expand this successful and innovative partnership with the City of Kingston,” said Board Chair Laurie French. “This collaboration between the school boards and the City helps remove barriers for some students in accessing recreational programs, volunteer opportunities and part-time jobs, in addition to getting to and from school. Last year, more than 63,000 trips were taken by students in our community – trips that might not have been possible without the free transit passes.”
In an effort to continue and expand the program, Mayor Gerretsen discussed options with City Staff and representatives from both school boards. Both boards supported the extension of the program to include grade 11 students this year, and are partnering with the City to share the costs.
“Continuing this partnership with the City of Kingston and the Limestone District School Board allows students to use public transit to get to and from school and also provides them with greater flexibility to travel to their many after school activities or part time jobs,” said Tom Dall, Chair of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. “Extending student access assists students now and will also benefit our city in the future. We are pleased that we are able to continue supporting this partnership in support of our students and our community.”
For information on how students can get or renew their bus passes visit cityofkingston.ca/studentpass.
Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Limestone District School Board (transit pass page)