Published on December 8, 2020

From Pilot to Permanent: St. Albert Transit’s ‘Students Ride Free’ Program a Hot Ticket

Originally offered as a pilot program from March 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020, St. Albert Transit is pleased to announce the ‘Students Ride Free’ program is now a permanent initiative.

Effective January 1, 2021, St. Albert youth, between the ages of 13 and 18, will no longer require a ticket to board St. Albert Transit for local travel. However, proof of age, such as a valid student ID or graduated driver’s licence, may be required if asked. The program only applies to local service routes, whereby secondary school-aged youth can ride St. Albert Transit for free seven days a week. It does not include commuter travel into and out of Edmonton.

“Taking transit at an early age instills habits that we hope will continue as our youth move on to the post-secondary and adult stages of their lives,” says Sarah Patrick, St. Albert Transit marketing and customer service supervisor. “Our goal is to also supplement local school boards with their transportation needs and provide assistance to members of the community who struggle with the cost of local monthly passes.”

On November 16, 2020, City Council unanimously approved a recommendation that the Students Ride Free program become permanent. “Thanks in part to support received by school boards and administrations, the pilot project was very successful and resulted in an increase in local ridership with St. Albert youth,” adds Patrick. “For example, during the 2019/2020 school year, St. Albert Transit provided 75,000 local trips to students.”

While not part of the same initiative, elementary school-aged children, 12-years-old and under, can also ride local transit routes for free.

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Last edited: December 10, 2020