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Transit for Teens

Free transit for all youth up to age 18 in every transit system in BC

We call on the province to extend the provincial Get on Board program to include free transit for all youth up to age 18 in every transit system in BC. Youth are currently excluded from this important program in BC that only goes up to age 12. They do not deserve to be.  

Youth aged 13-18 in the crucial developmental stage of adolescence need basic mobility more than ever to thrive in every aspect of their lives. Our youths are the future of this province and our most valuable resource. We must ensure their right to access school and thrive while BC brings up new generations who choose sustainable transportation for life. We cannot separate the right of every youth to access their school from their access to the mobility to do so. 

Sign our petition today and send a message to your MLA that we need Transit for Teens now.

A universal approach ensures that no youth is left behind or singled out due to their socioeconomic status. 

Let’s ensure that all at-risk youth experiencing mobility poverty can access the lifesaving supports they need.  

Check out a recent CBC interview with Gloria Macarenko on On the Coast here: Youth Leadership Coalition member Ellie Goelman addresses the need for Transit for Teens with precision: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/video/1.7181851

On January 6th, 2023 we sent our Transit for Teens recommendation letter to 6 ministries and the Office of the Premier.  

Growing coalition of endorsing organizations

Transit for Teens has now been endorsed by over 30 stakeholders including:

  • Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities
  • BC School Trustees Association
  • City of Langford
  • City of New Westminster
  • City of Vernon
  • District of Oak Bay
  • District of Saanich
  • New Westminster School Board
  • Okanagan Transit Alliance
  • Powell River School Board
  • Town of Gibsons 
  • Vancouver School Board

An evidence-based solution

Transit for Teens is based on research and data that we gathered as one of four community partners in the City of Vancouver Reduced Fare Transit Pilot Project in 2021-2022 and our historical support for the #AllOnBoard campaign run by the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition. The pilot project provided free transit for six months to low-income residents and families. Our peer researchers gathered data on the impact of free transit on the lives of pilot participants, including at-risk youth.   

Check out our report here.  

Transit for Teens needs your financial support. Will you support us to hire youth leaders and carry out all the high impact actions we need to win? Please join our Transit for Teens fundraising drive so our important work on this issue can continue. You can make a financial contribution to support Transit for Teens here. 

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You know, sometimes my son was even asking the bus drivers for free rides because he doesn't have the tickets... So, it's really beneficial to just be able to present the pass and have it available. It has given him a lot of freedom to be able to be social, and to be out with his friends.

– Parent of teen pilot project participant

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Transit for Teens Petition

Transit access can be a lifeline to shelter, school, support services, health care, & food security. Sign this letter showing why you think every teen deserves free transit access.

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BC School Trustees Association moves to support Transit for Teens

April 30, 2023

The BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) passed a motion on April 29, 2023, calling on the provincial government to extend free transit to all youth up to the age of 18.

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City of New Westminster Backs Transit for Teens

April 14, 2023

City of New Westminster passed a motion urging the provincial government to develop a plan that would provide free public transit for adolescents aged 13 to 18 across British Columbia.

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School Boards Pass Transit for Teens Motions

February 01, 2023

This week the Vancouver and New Westminster School Boards unanimously passed motions calling on the province to extend free transit up to age 18

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