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City of Madison, MMSD partner to provide free bus passes to all middle, high school students this summer


All middle and high school students in the Madison Metropolitan School District will get a free Metro Transit bus pass for the summer, the City of Madison announced Thursday.

“As the City emerges from COVID-19, residents are hopping back on the bus. This initiative is going to help Madison’s youth access jobs, school, City parks, pools and more this summer,” Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a statement. “In the big picture, our investments in the City’s Metro Forward plan help us achieve climate, equity, and economic goals all at the same time.”

It’s the first time the City of Madison has made summer bus passes free for all students. Previously only a small number of students were eligible for free summer passes.

“For the last 14 months Madison youth have missed out on important activities and opportunities central to a young person’s life – summer jobs, serving the community, internships, apprenticeships,  hanging out with friends,” said Dr. Carlton Jenkins, Superintendent of Schools for the Madison Metropolitan School District, in a statement. “I want to thank Metro Transit for helping our students get back on track.”

Free passes will be distributed to all middle and high school students in 6th grade and up from June 2-16, according to press release from the City, and passes will then be available again for pickup from school summer semester sites starting on Monday, June 21.