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Madison County Transit free Summer Youth Pass returns

The annual free ride passes for Madison County youth are now available

Effective Tuesday, June 1, Madison County students (ages 18 and under) will have the opportunity to ride Madison County Transit buses for free until Labor Day, with the 2021 MCT Summer Youth Pass.

The MCT Summer Youth Pass program, which offers free rides for Madison County students in kindergarten through the 12th grade during the summer months, has been creating vital transportation access for young people since 2008. This year, approximately 8,500 passes have been distributed to intermediate and high schools throughout the county, though passes are also available from MCT by request.

To obtain a Youth Pass, students can visit their school’s office or contact MCT at or call (618) 797-4600.

“For 12 years now, the MCT Summer Youth Pass has provided critical transportation for Madison County students during the summer months,” said MCT Managing Director SJ Morrison. “With more activities re-opening throughout Madison County, using the Youth Pass to ride MCT offers a free and safe way for students to access summer jobs, classes, extra-curricular activities, recreation areas, and events.”

MCT also owns and maintains more than 135 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 also “Bike & Bus” for a seamless ride on both the MCT Trails and buses.

MCT’s bus routes, stops and schedules are all available on Google Maps, allowing users to simply enter the start and end point of their trip, click the “Get Directions” feature and then select the bus icon for a full trip itinerary.

MCT reminds passengers that face masks and social distancing are still required on board MCT vehicles at this time. visit, email, or call (618) 797-4600 for questions or more information.

Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service, connecting to MetroLink; express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis; and seasonal express service to the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary door to door service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 137 miles of bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program.

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