Granite City High School students pose in front of a Madison County Transit bus.
GRANITE CITY — Madison County students have the opportunity to ride Madison County Transit buses for free, all summer long, with the 2015 MCT Summer Youth Pass.
The pass provides free unlimited rides on MCT’s fixed-route system from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes are distributed to Madison County students in the seventh to 12th grades, and are available to younger students by request.
Since the program’s inception in 2008, students using passes have accounted for more than 350,000 boardings. Students with a Summer Youth Pass can use MCT to travel to summer jobs, classes, pools, parks, recreation areas, shopping centers and hundreds of other destinations throughout Madison County. MCT also owns and maintains more than 125 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways, known as the MCT Trails. With bike racks on MCT buses and bus stops at MCT trailheads, students can “Bike & Bus” for a seamless ride on the trails and buses.
“The MCT Summer Youth Passes provide a transportation option for thousands of young people in Madison County each summer,” MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said. “We hope their positive experience with MCT translates into lifelong transit use.”
To request a Summer Youth Pass, or for more information about MCT bus routes and schedules, students can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), or visit the Madison County Transit page on Facebook.