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SACRAMENTO — All students living in Sacramento or going to school in the city will soon be able to get free rides with Sacramento Regional Transit.

Starting in October, kids in grades K-12 will be eligible for free rides, not just on Sac RT buses but also on the light rail.

According to Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, the policy will implement the following:

• Eligibility – This initiative will provide fare-free transit to youth in grades K-12 who live
or attend school within the City of Sacramento. This program will also include youth
experiencing homelessness and foster youth who reside in the City of Sacramento.
• Enactment – This initiative will provide for universal access (all day, any day of the week,
all year, any SacRT transit line) to fare-free transit – buses and light rail service.
• Access – Partnerships with local districts to distribute through schools will provide the
access for the greatest number of eligible youth.

The program will be offered for one year and then the city will reevaluate and decide whether or not to renew the program.

The City of Sacramento will be using $1 million from its general fund — supported by Measure U — to offset revenue losses.

The free pass could potentially be used by approximately 100,000 students but Sac RT estimates the number of riders will be closer to 40,000.

This is a 600% increase.

The program was created in part to get people out of cars and on to public  transportation.