Grant Bus Passes for High School Students in RI

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Who We Are:

We are 11th grade students from Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, and for the past semester we have been studying the effects of the lack of student transportation in our community with Generation Citizen. We have talked to a representative from RIPTA & Young Voices and reached out to our State Representatives to find more information on this issue. 

The Issue:

Not all the students in our community are getting free RIPTA bus passes because they don't qualify under Rhode Island's statewide school distance radius rule. Some students have after school activities and are not able to go on time or even go because of the far distance from their schools. Students that do not have bus passes tend to come late and some have to get up really early to get to school on time. This is intensified in the winter season, when they have to walk to school in extreme weather. Also, this poses an issue when students want to come to school and their parents do not have a car, parents have to pay another person to bring their children to school.

For these reasons we are asking for free bus passes to be make possible for all students regardless of how far they live. We want to solve this problem because if the students receive bus passes, all the students can come to the school without excuses. 

We are asking for funding to be made possible to support this initiative, whether it be through a new source of funding or a redistribution of funding.



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