New Westminster councillor proposes free transit for children and teens
Patrick Johnstone hopes that free fares for youth will encourage them to ride public transit as adults
Allowing children and teens to ride public transit could encourage them to become transit users as adults, and potentially increase revenue for TransLink, according to New Westminster Coun. Patrick Johnstone.
Currently, youth under five can use public transit for free.
"Free rides until teens finish high school could make a really big difference," said Johnstone.
He believes that if using transit is normalized for youth, they will be more likely to rely on it as adults.
"I think the U-Pass example proves that students who used it during university and discovered the ease of transit use it when they join the workforce," he said.
Single-ride fares are scheduled to increase next month.
In a statement, Translink said it currently is not looking at any specific changes, but that finding ways to encourage more children and youth to get into the habit of taking transit is important.
Johnstone hopes TransLink will take his idea into consideration when they revisit reviewing transit fares in the fall.
With files from On The Coast
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