As the start of the school year approaches, there is good news for high school, middle school and elementary students all over San Bernardino County. K-12 students now ride free every day, on every bus system in the County. That includes Omnitrans, Victor Valley Transit, Mountain Transit, Basin Transit and Needles Area Transit.
“We are very excited about this program,” SBCTA Board President Dawn Rowe states. “ It provides a financial break to families and gives them more options. Whether riding to school, for after school fun, or for a weekend outing, kids ride free.”
The free fares are being promoted with the tagline “You’re now free to GO,” emphasizing not only that the fare is free, but that public transit offers youth the chance to gain independence.
The free fare program is being implemented separately by each system. Identification requirements and rules may vary. Riders are encouraged to visit their local transit system website to learn more:
The K-12 Student Free Fare Program is sponsored by SBCTA and was approved by the Board of Directors in March 2023. It is a one-year pilot project, funded primarily with Low Carbon Transit Operations (LCTOP) funding which seeks to reduce carbon emissions by increasing transit use.