Alton Middle School students pose for a photo next to a Madison County Transit bus.
GRANITE CITY — Beginning May 31, Madison County students can ride Madison County Transit buses for free, all summer long, with the 2016 MCT Summer Youth Pass.
In its ninth year, the pass provides free unlimited rides on MCT’s fixed-route bus system from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes are distributed to all Madison County students in the 7th through 12th grades, and are available to those in kindergarten through 6th grade upon request. Since the program’s inception in 2008, the passes have accounted for more than 400,000 boardings on MCT buses. Students can hop aboard MCT and travel to summer jobs, classes, pools, parks, recreation areas, shopping centers and hundreds of other destinations throughout Madison County. Students also can take advantage of the new service to the Highland Community Pool served by the No. 14 Highland Shuttle or board the No. 17 Edwardsville-SIUE Shuttle to the Edwardsville Cougar Community Pool on the SIUE campus.
MCT also owns and maintains more than 130 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways, known as the MCT Trails. With bike racks on all MCT buses and bus stops at MCT trailheads, students can “Bike & Bus” for a seamless ride on both the MCT Trails and buses. “The MCT Summer Youth Pass is an important tool in educating young people about public transportation,” MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said. “It also provides families with an affordable transportation option for the summer months. I commend the MCT Board of Trustees for offering this vital program.”