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Metro Is Offering Free Rides For Students This Summer

It’s the first time Metro has offered the program. It’s open to students in kindergarten through high school.

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Students with a summer pass can ride all of Metro’s buses and trains for free, including the 82 Westheimer route.

Metro is offering free summer passes to help students get to the city's various attractions, like the Museum District and the Houston Zoo. Metro's Jerome Gray says the passes are also good for kids who have lots of activities.

"The various summer jobs that young people may have, some of the educational experiences, summer camps,” adds Gray. “It covers a lot of areas where young people and all of us will travel."

The free summer passes are good from June 1 to September 1. After that, Gray says kids can use those passes as student fare cards.

"And that of course means that these students will have their own student fare card that comes at a discount,” explains Gray. “It's a half-price card. And of course they'll be obligated to load those cards and use their money, to use it for travel for the rest of the year."

To get a free summer pass students have to apply for it. They'll need to provide proof they're in school, like a student ID, a report card, or a class schedule.

Applications can be made online or at Metro's downtown Ride Store.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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