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Secondary school students offered free Kingston Transit passes

Aug. 4, 2015 –

Starting September 1, all Grade 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. It will be valid from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.

"The student bus pass program is a great example of a winning partnership between the City and our local school boards," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "This program has grown each year and now includes grade twelve students, making Kingston Transit free for all secondary school students. Not only is ridership encouraged through this program, we are providing students with more options when traveling to school and the freedom to seek employment and participate in recreational activities across the community." 

The City is continuing this secondary school pilot program in partnership with the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board for the Sept 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016 period.

Current student passes can be used until August 31. Eligible students can begin using their new passes on September 1, and can pick them up starting on Tuesday, 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 2015-16 Grade 9 student photo ID card; or
  • a 2015-16 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 2015-16 Grade 10 , 11 or 12 student photo ID card; or
  • a previous Grade 9, 10 or 11 transit bus card and a 2015-16 Grade 10, 11 or 12  student timetable; or
  • if you do not have a previous Grade 9, 10 or 11 bus card, bring a 2015-16 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 the Kingston Transit Administrative Office, located 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 in order to have their picture taken for the new or replacement card.

Secondary 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
  • Leahurst College
  • Loyalist Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Queen Elizabeth Collegiate & Vocational Institute
  • Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School

Those waiting for September 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

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.