Hello, Students. Welcome to DART, Refugees

Readers:

Two cool new ridership programs got the green light from the DART Commission earlier this week:

  • Reduced-fare program for students
  • Reduced-fare program for refugees
That’s right. All middle school and high school students in the metro, from any school in DART’s 19 member cities, will soon be able to use their student IDs to buy bus passes at a reduced rate, in the ballpark of 50 percent off. Not a bad deal. A program like this is one of the most requested at DART, especially from parents looking for transportation options for their kids.
It’s basically the same deal for refugees, a population with some of the greatest need for alternative transit. Working through qualified area agencies, refugees will be able to acquire a DART ID card with which they can purchase bus passes and tokens at a reduced rate — again, in the ballpark of 50 percent off. The card will be good for five years.
Both of these programs have been in the works for a couple of months now, and with the go-ahead from the Commission, it’s a matter of getting all the details in order before launching the program in early 2012.
Any questions? Give us a call at 515.283.8100.