Transit program gains national attention

Transit program gains national attention

Kingston Transit’s program to teach new high school pupils about public transit has won a national transportation award.

The program, a partnership between Kingston Transit and the Limestone District School Board, won a Sustainable Communities Award for Transportation from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The program involves taking Grade 9 students on a chartered bus trip so they can learn about public transportation and its environmental and economic benefits.

“Building a transit system that people in our community want to, and like, using is one of our top priorities in Kingston,” Mayor Bryan Paterson said in a news release. “Getting our young people interested in public transit, how it can create independence for them, has been amazing to see.”

After the success of the initial pilot and increased ridership, the city now offers school board-subsidized transit passes to all high school students.

“The transit pass and orientation program allows our students to exercise independence and responsibility in addition to increased access to recreational programs, volunteer opportunities, jobs or school programs,” the board’s director of education, Debra Rantz, said.

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