Long Beach to Offer Kindergarten to Grade 12 Students Free Bus Rides



All K-12 and community college students in Long Beach will soon be able to ride the bus for free, city officials said this week.

Long Beach Transit’s board of directors voted on Tuesday to adopt the “LBT GoPass,” an initiative to provide bus transportation to students.

“We have taken our first steps towards free and accessible public transport for all,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a Tweeter. “We need to move towards a free system that encourages mobility. “

The mayor added that the city is working to extend this program to students at Cal State University Long Beach.

Although the Long Beach Transit board of directors has already approved the program, it has yet to be implemented by the Long Beach Unified School District, or the Long Beach Community College. Formal implementation is expected to take around 60-90 days.

The program will be open to students of participating schools only, and students must obtain a Long Beach Transit GoPass TAP card to use the system.

Existing student customers should continue to use their TAP student cards or cash ticket to use the transit system until the program is implemented and until they receive a new TAP GoPass card from their school, officials said.

As information becomes available, students can visit ridelbt.com/students for program updates.

Also this week, Long Beach City College announced that it would allow homeless students to sleep in their vehicles in a secure parking structure on campus overnight. The Pilot Safe Parking Program is the only known program of its type in the area at a community college and is intended to help homeless college students.

Participating students would also benefit from help from college staff to find longer-term stable accommodation, according to the LBCC.


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