Capital Metro makes Kids Ride Free program permanent
Capital Metro voted on Wednesday to continue offering students free rides on the transit system. The summer pilot program, Kids Ride Free, is now permanent. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade can ride by bus or rail at no charge.
When Joaquin Mata gets out of school he doesn't get on an AISD bus. Instead, the sophomore at LBJ High School heads to the Capital Metro bus stop for a free ride home.
"This one drops me off right in front of my house, so it's perfect," said Mata.
The Kids Ride Free program made it easier for Joaquin to take two summer classes at ACC.
"It was free during the summer and it was a really good thing," said Mata.
On Wednesday, Capital Metro voted to make the Kids Ride Free pilot program permanent. Students from K-12 can show a school ID and ride the transit system for free.
"It seems to me this is Cap Metro at its best which is providing opportunity," said Wade Cooper, Chair of the Capital Metro Board of Directors.
The estimated lost fare revenue is $250,000 to $300,000. But Capital Metro thinks building lifelong transit habits will pay-off in the long run.
Mata already thinks it's a good investment.
"Hopefully it eliminates a little bit of traffic with people getting used to knowing how to use a bus," said Mata.
Now that the program is permanent, Mata plans to keep using Capital Metro to get to ACC and home. He's knows how much it's saving him every week.
"It's $10 right there basically, so it's really, really good," said Mata.