K-12 students get free bus fare this summer

Truth file photo K-12 students can travel for free with The Interurban Trolley and South Bend Transpo this summer.

ELKHART — K-12 students will be able to travel the region for free this summer with The Interurban Trolley and South Bend Transpo, Michiana Area Council of Governments announced Thursday.

The Summer Travel Program provides free transportation to the students on all Trolley and Transpo fixed-route buses from June 1 through Aug. 31.

“The Interurban Trolley is proud to join Transpo and make their successful Summer Travel Program a regional initiative,” said James Turnwald, executive director at MACOG. “The Summer Travel Pass will increase access to employment, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the region, and introduce K-12 youth to public transportation.”

Students will need to either show their valid student ID card or Summer Travel Pass each time they get on the bus. 

Families with students that are homeschooled or go to a school that does not issue student ID cards are encouraged to contact MACOG at 574-674-8894 to get a pass.

The free fares will be available to K-12 students (18 and under) on all five Interurban Trolley fixed routes serving the cities of Elkhart and Goshen, on all Transpo routes serving the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, as well as on the Yellow Line providing service between Mishawaka and Elkhart; jointly operated by the Interurban Trolley and Transpo.

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