Public transportation for students from Los Angeles could be free

Children who go to school in Los Angeles County may travel free by bus and subway, if the measure is approved.

Aurelia Ventura / Opinion

The authorities of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation (Meter) approved on Friday a motion for which they will be studying the option to offer students of the county of The Angels the public transport service from free way.

If the measure is approved, all boys and girls to study in the Los Angeles school district (LAUSD), the young people who go to “community colleges”And, in general, all those who study in the county, will have access without payment to the buses Y trains of the Metro system.

To define it, the authorities will assess the impact on costs that the measure would have, as well as the real possibility of implementing it.

In fact, there are already some public transportation programs for students from kindergarten to high school in the area that offer the free service. “If the yellow trucks are free, students who need to take public transportation to get to school they should also be able to do it for free, ”said the school superintendent Austin Beutner

Some members of the Metro steering committee believe that it could be an opportunity for encourage the use of public transport and increase their assessment in the community.

"Transportation costs should not be a barrier for students to go to school“, Said the supervisor Hilda L. Solis, one of the authors of the motion passed. "It would be an important investment for our communities, our students, and our economy."

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