Basin Transit Providing FREE Rides for Students through June 2024

(Morongo Basin) – Basin Transit is offering free, unlimited transit rides on all buses during the summer and upcoming school year for students in the Morongo Basin. From July 2023 through June 30, 2024, students in kindergarten through 12th grade may board Basin Transit buses for free. The “Students Ride Free” program is a year-long grant funded initiative.

No passes are necessary to ride, youth must simply show a valid K-12 school or government-issed UD to the bus operator when boarding. Youth grades 9-12 may use a school ID issued for the new school year. Youth grades 8 and under, if asked, may present a school ID, or simply tell the operator their grade and which school they attend. Younger children, under age 5, continue to be free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Effective immediately, local students can take public transit to their favorite summer destinations, including parks, movie theaters, shopping centers, and summer camps. When school begins in the fall, students will be able to use Basin Transit buses at no cost to get to/from school and their extracurricular activities.

“The Students Ride Free program will be a great resource for our region and will provide an opportunity to introduce more youth to the benefits of public transit,” said Cheri Holsclaw, General Manager of Basin Transit. “We are excited to join other transit agencies across the state in inspiring the next generation of riders.”

The program is made possible through Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant funding. The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities.