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Free Transit passes for High school students

August 2, 2016 -

Starting Sept. 1, all Grades 9 to 12 students in Kingston and Amherstview can ride Kingston Transit for free.

These students are eligible for the student pass whether they attend public, separate, private schools or receive home-based education. The high school Kingston Transit pass is valid from Sept. 1 until Aug. 31, 2017.

"The high school bus pass program is a great success with students – and that's turned into a great success for Kingston Transit, which has seen its ridership grow significantly over the past four years," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Council has agreed to extend this pilot program. Hopefully, it will show us that these high school bus riders become committed transit users after graduation."

The City of Kingston is continuing this high school pilot program in partnership with the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board for the three-year period (2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19). 

Current student passes can be used until Aug. 31. Eligible students can begin using their new passes on Sept. 1, and can pick them up starting on Wednesday, Aug. 3 as follows:

Public and separate school Grade 9 students:

1. Download a registration form at: www.KingstonTransit.ca/studentpass

2. Bring the filled-in form to City Hall, 216 Ontario St., or the Guest Services Desk at the Cataraqui Centre, along with:

  • a 2016-17 Grade 9 student photo ID card; or
  • a 2016-17 Grade 9 student timetable and a birth certificate.

The initial $3 fee for the photo ID pass is waived for Grade 9 students.

Public and separate school Grade 10, 11 and 12 students:

1. Download a registration form at: www.KingstonTransit.ca/studentpass

2. Bring the filled-in form to City Hall, 216 Ontario St., or the Guest Services Desk at the Cataraqui Centre, along with:

  • a 2016-17 Grade 10 , 11 or 12 student photo ID card; or
  • a previous Grade 9, 10 or 11 transit bus card and a 2016-17 Grade 10, 11 or 12 student timetable; or
  • if you do not have a previous Grade 9, 10 or 11 bus card, bring a 2016-17 Grade 10, 11 or 12 student timetable and a birth certificate.

The $3 fee for a new or replacement card applies to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students.

Private school and home-based education students must contact Kingston Transit's administrative office at 1181 John Counter Blvd., or call 613-546-4291, ext. 2365. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As this Kingston Transit bus pass is a photo ID card, the student must be present at registration to have his or her picture taken for the new or replacement card.

High school students attending one of the following schools are eligible for this transit pass:

  • Bayridge Secondary School
  • École Secondaire Catholique Marie-Rivier
  • École Secondaire Publique Mille-Iles
  • Ernestown Secondary School
  • Frontenac Secondary School
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
  • Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • La Salle Secondary School
  • Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School

Those waiting for Sept. 1 to use their free passes are encouraged to explore Kingston Transit's other fare options at www.KingstonTransit.ca

Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: www.KingstonTransit.ca/tripplanner

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