Omaha students can ride city buses for free for one year starting in May

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Metro Transit is running a pilot program that will allow all elementary and high school students to drive free city buses for almost 13 months.

From May 10th, all kindergarten students up to grade 12 can travel free of charge by bus, MOBY and ORBT through Omaha and the surrounding area during service hours. The K-12 Rides Free program ends June 1, 2022.

Students must present a valid student ID upon boarding. Those who don’t have such an ID can get one from Metro, according to Thursday’s press release.

No ID is required for young people attending elementary and secondary schools.

The pilot is designed to provide better access to public transport as the city’s education sector continues to grow – “and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change transport needs in the region,” the press release said.

OPS offered to support the program.

“As Omaha Public Schools expand opportunities for students in our district and prepare to open two new high schools, we are excited to support the opportunity Metro Transit is offering young people in our community,” said OPS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan in the press release.

Metro officials say they are happy to help ensure students have “reliable access to education, jobs and other opportunities across the Metro region.”

“K-12 Rides Free is a great opportunity for us to continue to build strong community partnerships,” said Lauren Cencic, Metro CEO. “Our mission is to connect people, places and opportunities through high quality transit services. The schools in our community are important anchors in this mission.”

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