FORT PIERCE – The pilot project allowing youth to ride fixed-route transit at no cost during summer break was a huge success and the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners has identified funding to extend the Youth Ride Free program year-round. Starting Monday, Oct. 19, anyone under the age of 18 with a valid student ID or St. Lucie County Library Card can ride the Treasure Coast Connector for free.
The 10-week summer pilot program provided more than 3,032 free rides during summer school break, giving students access to library events, summer camps, recreational activities and part-time jobs. Continuation of the service will allow more youth to access after-school activities, as well as volunteer and employment opportunities. Research has shown that supporting access to opportunities by overcoming barriers such as transportation can contribute to reducing crime, drug use, gang involvement and violence leading to improved community safety and economic development.
For more information about the Treasure Coast Connector, including bus routes, fares and transit stations, call 772-464-RIDE (7433) or visit: http://treasurecoastconnector.com. To obtain a library card visit http://library.stlucieco.gov to find a branch near you.