Arlington Cutting Teen Fares
Arlington County has a smart idea: If you want people to get in the habit of riding transit, get them while they're young.
Even smarter: Ask them what it would take to get them to ride.
The county, always progressive on transit ideas, has a Teen Transit Advisory Board made up of 8th to 12th graders. They identified what they and their peers see as some of the hurdles that transit systems put up, and they included a lack of information (as in, when is the bus coming) and the cost of a ride.
At their early sessions this summer, the teens began brainstorming about how to take down some of the barriers and they reviewed the results of a county survey of teenagers.
The Arlington County Board has now responded by establishing a youth fare on its ART buses. Starting Jan. 1, the base fare for people with a middle or high school ID will be cut from $1.25 to 60 cents. "We believe low-fare bus rides can provide a good alternative to those teens who need to easily get to their jobs, after-school activities and recreational venues," county board member Chris Zimmerman said in a statement.
Teenagers also can buy Youth Tokens, sold in bags of 20 for $10 at any Commuter Store. They're in Rosslyn, Ballston, or Crystal City.
Pretty good idea that other jurisdictions could pick up on.
By the way, Arlington's CommuterPage is a great source of transportation information for our entire region, and now has a blog of its own that I check out regularly.
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