Meet Jessica. Before this program, she was paying $4 a day to get to school and her after-school activities. That meant $20 per week, and yes—$80 per month. The burdensome cost of transportation is a significant barrier to success for many South LA residents.
“My parents work.” She said. “So they don’t have the time to take me themselves.” Jessica’s story is a reality for many students coming of age in this fast-paced city.
We can change this.
September 9th 2019 was the official launch of the Just Transit Pilot Program, which gives a select group of high school juniors access to unlimited free rides with 9 Los Angeles County Transit agencies for the entire academic year.
The group of students are from Manual Arts High School, which is located near Exposition Park in South LA. This is the first program of its kind within the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone.
This pilot is of great significance for Los Angeles residents. Importantly, it serves as a model for future expansion which could bring affordable and climate-friendly transit to students across South LA and the greater Los Angeles area. We look forward to its success in moving students to opportunity, and reducing barriers to educational and economic advancement.
The Just Transit Pilot Program enhances opportunities for students by helping them get to after-school jobs, internships, college prep activities, and more. It increases their mobility and access to the cultural opportunities that greater Los Angeles has to offer. The program serves the broader goals of the Transit Empowerment Zone, because we believe that mobility contributes to economic justice.