Youth Mobility Fund Program Updates Effective November 25
Effective Monday, November 25, the bus pass provided at the beginning of the school year will no longer be accepted on Metro buses.
Students will need to have an opt-in form turned in to the school to receive a temporary pass good through February, 2020.
In January, 2020, new bus passes will be issued to those students opting in to the program.
Starting Monday, December 2, Youth Mobility Passes will not be accepted on any Metro buses between the hours of 2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. This will last until February 3. A student may board the bus with a token or payment of $1.50 during that time frame. Transfers will be provided.
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Questions about the new process? Call 337-8233
Why the changes?
The program will be undergoing several modifications to encourage positive student behavior and interactions within the transportation system and to help maximize general public ridership during peak travel times.
Does my student have to opt-in now?
No. A student can opt-in for a pass through June 1, 2020. The pass will be usable through September 1, 2020.
Why a sticker?
The sticker will go on the student ID and be a one card for the student. The student will show their ID and sticker to the driver to ride for free. The stickers will not be accepted after February 3.
Why are students not able to use pass from 2:00-4:00 weekdays?
In the first 2 months, the program has had over 70,000 rides. With that Metro has experienced large numbers of students who could use other transportation besides the bus. For students needing Metro during that time, the student should contact their school office for assistance with transportation. Students can also pay $1.50 or purchase a pass through Token Transit app or at the Transportation Center.
Are students getting new ID cards?
Yes. In January, new bus passes cards will be available for those opting into the program. Contact the school office for more information.
View the Youth Mobility Promotion Video Here
August, 2019 Frequently Asked Questions about the Youth Mobility Fund - Click Here
In the News
MLive Article "Unlimited free bus fares offered to Kalamazoo high school students" January 24, 2019 https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/unlimited-free-bus-fares-offered-to-kalamazoo-high-school-students.html
WKZO "Free Bus Passes for Kalamazoo High Schoolers" January 25, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/jan/25/free-bus-passes-for-kalamazoo-high-schoolers/
WKZO "Free Pass To Kalamazoo Metro Area for Teens" March 18, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/mar/18/free-pass-to-kalamazoo-metro-area-for-teens/
WKZO City Commissioners Approve Free Bus Passes for Kalamazoo Students" March 19, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/mar/19/city-commissioners-approve-free-bus-passes-for-kalamazoo-students/
WWMT "City Leaders Launch Youth Mobility Fund" May 17, 2019 https://wwmt.com/news/local/city-leaders-launch-youth-mobility-fund
Knight Life "Foundation for Excellence Partnership Grants KPS High School Free Transportation" https://knightlifenews.com/2019/06/14/foundation-for-excellence-partnership-grants-kps-high-school-free-transportation/?fbclid=IwAR0d-M3ZRHnTBGlnDmTFsrCG2oZUO5szn5yBrIgwd6nK65fvOQgmkTn_yqw
WKZO "Foundation For Excellence - Update on Youth Mobility Fund" November 19, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/nov/19/foundation-for-excellence-update-on-youth-mobility-fund/958734/
Partners in the Youth Mobility Fund
Foundation for Excellence https://www.kalamazoocity.org/ffe
City of Kalamazoo https://www.kalamazoocity.org/
Kalamazoo Public Schools https://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com/
Kalamazoo Public Library www.kpl.gov/
KRESA YOU My City https://mycityyou.org/
KYD Network https://kydnet.org/