St. Louis launches pilot transport program for young people

June 21, 2018 by  

Young people between the ages of 13 and 25 will be able to save when they ride Metro Transit this summer, thanks to a pilot program that just started.

The City of St. Louis has teamed up with a number of other agencies, including Metro Transit, St. Louis County, and the St. Clair County Transit District, to offer lower fares to young people for a limited time. They hope to encourage them to use the Gateway Go Card service to commute to summer camps and jobs, and other opportunities for professional development.

Young people can use a passport, school or state ID, birth certificate, or driver’s license to prove their age. Once they do, they will be given a 50% discount on passes or tickets they can use to ride buses and light rail throughout the whole MetroTransit system. Young people using the system can load two-hour passes, tickets for just one ride, or monthly passes to the Gateway Go Card for half-price.

CEO and president of Bi-State Development, John Nations, said the pilot program was about more than getting people from one place to another, but also about supporting area young people by making it easier for them to get to travel throughout the region.

The program will end August 31. Efforts like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for area residents outlining the program.