Free Youth Transit Pass forward, aiming for implementation in time for school.
In his State of the County address last month, Executive Constantine touted the great work of King County Metro and acknowledged key investments for the future, including the Free Youth Transit Pass that will connect youth to the freedom of transit throughout our region. The proposed free youth transit pass builds on King County’s many years of success in providing ORCA passes to middle and high school students during the school year, and also stretching into summertime for those who most need travel support.
By adopting a year-round free youth transit pass policy, King County Metro and other agencies across the state will provide access to a network of public transportation services that expands opportunity and provides equitable access for young people.
“Ensuring access to reliable, carbon-free transportation - especially for younger generations who will bear the climate burden - is why I am committed to providing every youth up to their 19th birthday with a free transit pass. Knowing the ease of riding transit to get around means today's youth will be tomorrow's transit commuters, and that's good for traffic, the economy, and the environment,” said Executive Constantine. “Transportation is our biggest source of climate emissions locally, and choosing clean, efficient transit is good for you and th