Rockford Mass Transit District changes student fare policy

Effective Nov. 1, the Rockford Mass Transit District now allows any student, age 20 or younger, with a valid student ID to ride the RMTD vehicles at any time for the discounted student fare of 50 cents. Previously, students could only take advantage of the student discount when riding to and from school. Riding during non-traditional school hours required a student over 12 years of age to pay full fare.

“This is very exciting news for our younger riders,” said RMTD Marketing and Public Relations Specialist Lisa J. Brown. “We hope to encourage a younger demographic to ride more often since they will now be able to take advantage of this discount all the time, not just when going to school. We can now encourage student riders to make mass transit a part of all aspects of their lives and ultimately become lifelong transit users.”

To qualify for the student discount, students must present to the RMTD operator a current and valid student ID card issued by the school or institution they are currently attending, or an RMTD student photo ID card. If the student does not have a school-issued photo ID, they may purchase an RMTD student photo ID card. To obtain an RMTD student photo ID, the student needs to come to the RMTD Transfer Center at 501 W. State during any photo ID session and present verification of the program or school in which they are enrolled and proof of their age. RMTD photo ID sessions are scheduled for every third Wednesday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Transfer Center and cost $2. The next photo ID session is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006.

If a student cannot provide the necessary ID, they will be charged the full fare, regardless of the time of day or destination.

RMTD provides more than 1.4 million rides each year. The District has a fleet of 64 fixed route and paratransit vehicles, and offers 18 hours of service Monday through Friday, 13 hours of service on Saturdays, and eight hours on Sundays. Rockford Mass Transit also provides service to Loves Park and Machesney Park.

From the Nov.8-14, 2006, issue

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