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Tuesday, May 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

SJ Morrison
(618) 797-4600

MCT DISTRIBUTES NEARLY 20,000 FREE SUMMER YOUTH PASSES

Annual Summer Youth Pass Program Begins after Memorial Day

GRANITE CITY, ILL., May 14, 2012 . . . Beginning Tuesday, May 29, nearly 20,000 Madison County students will once again have the opportunity to ride Madison County Transit (MCT) buses for free all summer long with the 2012 MCT Summer Youth Pass. The free Summer Youth Passes have been distributed to all Madison County students in the 7th through 12 grades, providing unlimited rides on MCT’s fixed-route bus system from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 2012 Summer Youth Pass season begins, with MCT’s spring fixed-route ridership at its highest in agency history. April ridership in 2012 was 8% higher than April 2011 and March 2012 ridership was 11% than the same month in 2011.

“Since the program’s inception in May 2008, the MCT Summer Youth Pass has accounted for more than 250,000 boardings by Madison County students on MCT fixed-route buses. Students use the passes to access summer classes, summer jobs, shopping centers, pools, parks and other recreation areas throughout Madison County. For the last five 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. Students can also submit questions about bus routes and schedules through the MCT website, www.mct.org, the MCT Facebook page, via email at info@mct.org or by phone, 618-931-7433, Option #3.

“The MCT Summer Youth Pass not only enhances mobility options for thousands of Madison County families,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “The Youth Pass also serves to educate young people on how the MCT system works and the importance of public transportation to an individual and to their community.”

For details on the Summer Youth Pass or other MCT services, please visit www.mct.org, find Madison County Transit on Facebook, e-mail info@mct.org or call 618-931-7433, Option #3.

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.