The 2016 Summer Youth Pass season begins today. Here, Alton Middle School students help give the program a send-off.
GRANITE CITY — Madison County students have the opportunity to ride Madison County Transit buses for free, all summer long, beginning today, with the 2016 MCT Summer Youth Pass.
Now in its ninth year, the Youth Pass provides free unlimited rides on MCT’s fixed-route bus system from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes are distributed to all Madison County students in the seventh through 12th grades, and are available to those in Kindergarten through sixth grade upon request.
Since the program’s inception in 2008, Youth Passes have accounted for more than 400,000 boardings on MCT buses. Students with a Summer Youth Pass can hop aboard MCT and travel to summer jobs, classes, pools, parks, recreation areas, shopping centers and hundreds of other destinations located throughout Madison County.
Students using a Summer Youth Pass can take advantage of the new service to the Highland Community Pool served by the No.14 Highland Shuttle or board the No. 17 Edwardsville-SIUE Shuttle to the Edwardsville Cougar Community Pool located on the SIUE campus.
MCT also owns and maintains more than 130 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways, known as the MCT Trails. With bike racks on all MCT buses and bus stops at MCT Trailheads, students can “Bike & Bus” for a seamless ride on both the MCT Trails and buses.
“The MCT Summer Youth Pass is an important tool in educating young people about public transportation,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane, “It also provides families with an affordable transportation option for the summer months. I commend the MCT Board of Trustees for offering this vital program.”
To request a Summer Youth Pass, or for more information about MCT bus routes and schedules, students can e-mail YouthPass@mct.org, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), or visit the Madison County Transit page on Facebook.