Metro Transit announces pilot program to offer K-12 students free bus rides

(Omaha, NE) -- Omaha city buses will be launching a program to offer K-12 students free bus rides.

On Thursday, Metro Transit announced “K-12 Rides Free,” a pilot program to offer free transit access for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Omaha region. “Through this program, Metro will be working with schools and students to connect them to public transportation,” said Metro CEO, Lauren Cencic. “We are excited to expand our reach to students and provide them with convenient and reliable access to education, jobs, and other opportunities throughout the metro area.”

Free bus, MOBY, and ORBT rides will be available to all kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Omaha metro and surrounding area during Metro’s regular service hours. The program will run from May 10, 2021 through June 1, 2022.

OPS Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Logan says the program will be helpful for students as the district continues to grow. "As Omaha Public Schools expands options for students throughout our district and prepares to open two new high schools, we enthusiastically support the opportunity Metro Transit is offering young people across our community."

High school students will be required to show a valid school-issued ID when boarding. Metro says for those who don't have a school-issued ID, they will provide one. Identification will not be required for elementary and middle school students.

More details about K-12 Rides Free can be found here.

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