Youth Mobility Fund Program Updates Effective February 3
Youth Mobility Fund partners are pleased to announce that Youth Mobility bus passes will once again be honored during all Metro operations hours beginning the morning of Monday, February 3. This concludes the pause that has been in effect for the passes between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Students will continue to use their school-issued ID cards that have been validated with a sticker and opt-in form through the end of this school year, a system that was put in place in November 2019 to address technical limitations of the initial bus cards. The opt-in forms can be turned in to the administration office at the four schools (Norrix, Central, Phoenix, and KILP) for a validation sticker until June 1. Passes remain valid until new cards with improved technology are issued next school year.
The founding program partners, Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), City of Kalamazoo, and Metro, as well as new program partner, the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYD Network) are committed to the original vision of the program, “To get young people where they need to go in Kalamazoo so they can get where need to go in life.”
The program partners encourage everyone in the community to help support a positive rider experience on Metro buses and to contact Metro directly by telephone or email for the most current and complete answers to concerns or questions.
MATERIALS TO BE REVIEWED BY FAMILIES
Questions about the Youth Mobility Pass? Call 337-8233
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/