LTD Student Transit Pass Program Funding Slated to End

Last year Oregon legislators passed a bill that set July 2012 as the end date for programs funded by the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) Program. The BETC Program provides $1.6 million in funding for the LTD Student Transit Pass Program and supports similar programs in Portland and Salem.

Students in grades 6-12 in the Eugene-Springfield and nearby rural communities can ride LTD for free during the school year. Approximately 24,000 students attending local public and private schools participate in the program, and over the past five years, student boardings on LTD have increased by 42 percent. This year students account for nearly 6,800 boardings per school day.

If funding for the Student Transit Pass Program ends, youth wishing to ride LTD may pay a cash fare that currently is $1.50 per ride or they can purchase a monthly pass that currently costs $24 per month.

Program Benefits
* Provides transit service to students who do not receive yellow school bus service.
* Reduces costs to schools of providing transportation support to students in need.
* Helps students participate in before- and after-school activities.
* Helps students attend alternative and charter schools suited to their individual educational needs.
* Reduces traffic congestion and improves safety at schools.
* Reduces emissions, improves air quality, and promotes sustainability.

Current Legislative Action
As of this writing, House Bill 2414 is under review by the Oregon House Revenue Committee and the Oregon Joint Committee on Tax Credits. The current version of the bill does not reinstate funding for student transit passes.

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