Major victory in Youth Way on the MBTA campaign!

September 10, 2009

A new school year, a new student pass

REEP with a sample Youth Pass

Due to the hard work of young people in the Youth Way on the MBTA campaign - which includes members of the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project (REEP) and Boston Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) - the student transit pass has now been extended from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

This change helps youth get home safely who travel past 8:00 p.m. due to jobs, study halls, after school programs and sports. Previously, young people who could not afford extra fares would be stranded in the evenings.

Because of the many restrictions on the student pass, Youth Way estimates that less than 15 percent of Boston-area youth use the pass. Making the pass more usable for young people will boost sales of the pass and encourage use of public transportation.

Congratulations to Youth Way for this tremendous step forward in ensuring broader access and quality of service for youth riders!

Also, a big thank you to Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi for his support of the campaign and his work to make the MBTA more youth-friendly.

Youth Way is continuing to work for a more accessible youth pass. See this video for more information, and check out the growing comments on this Boston.com article.