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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

SJ Morrison
Madison County Transit
(618) 797-4600

MCT SUMMER YOUTH PASS KICKS-OFF SIXTH SEASON

Madison County Students Ride MCT For Free All Summer Long

GRANITE CITY, ILL., MAY 22, 2013 . . . Beginning Tues., May 28, more than 20,000 Madison County students will have the opportunity to ride Madison County Transit (MCT) buses for free, all summer long, with the 2013 MCT Summer Youth Pass. Now in its sixth season, the Youth Pass provides free unlimited rides on MCT’s fixed-route bus system from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is distributed to all Madison County students in the 7th through 12th grades.

Since the program’s inception in 2008, the MCT Summer Youth Pass has accounted for nearly 300,000 boardings by Madison County students. For the last six years, MCT Summer Youth Passes have been distributed through participating public and private schools in the Madison County Transit District along with a “how to ride” brochure. Each year, with a Summer Youth Pass in-hand, students hop aboard MCT and travel to summer jobs, summer classes, pools, parks, recreation areas, shopping centers and hundreds of other destinations. MCT also owns and maintains more than 115 miles of scenic Madison County bikeways, known as the MCT Trails. With bike racks on all MCT buses and bus stops at MCT Trailheads, students can “Bike & Bus” for a seamless ride on both the MCT Trails and buses.

“The Summer Youth Pass not only provides families with an affordable transportation option for the summer months,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “It also educates young people on the importance of public transportation and gives them an opportunity to learn firsthand how to ride the MCT bus system.”

To request a Summer Youth Pass, or for more information about MCT bus routes and schedules, students can e-mail YouthPass@mct.org, call 618-797-INFO (4636), or visit the Madison County Transit page on Facebook.

Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service, connecting to MetroLink; express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis; and seasonal express service to the Rams games and the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route buses, MCT provides complementary door to door service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 100 miles of bikeways that comprise the MCT Trails system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program.