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High school students get a free ride on TriMet

August 25, 2009
Madison High School students board a TriMet bus. All PPS high school students can ride TriMet for free this year.
Madison High School students board a TriMet bus. All PPS high school students can ride TriMet for free this year.
For the first time, all Portland Public Schools students in grades 9-12 can ride TriMet buses, MAX and streetcars free of charge by showing their student ID card.
To ride TriMet for free, students must present their 2009-10 student ID card to transit operators. Students are receiving their cards -- which have a TriMet logo embossed on them -- at registration.

The TriMet pass is valid Sept. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, and can be used any day of the week at any time. Students attending Education Options programs are included in the program.

The free public transit program is a partnership of Portland Public Schools, TriMet and the city of Portland, which last year started a pilot project in which students at three PPS high schools received free passes. Funding is provided through business energy tax credits; the passes do not cost PPS additional money.

Families who do not want their students to have TriMet privileges should contact their school.

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