The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Eric Gorski, Chalk­beat Colorado

City of­fi­cials are giv­ing away 1,500 cash-loaded tran­sit cards to Den­ver young peo­ple ages 14 to 19, hop­ing to gather data that will help build a case to ex­pand pub­lic trans­porta­tion ac­cess for the city’s pub­lic school stu­dents.

Youth par­tic­i­pat­ing in the $90,000 pi­lot project will re­ceive MyRide cards, a new Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Dis­trict pre-loaded fare card. The cards will be loaded with ei­ther $50 or $100, de­pend­ing on how costly fares are in their part of the city, said Dionne Wil­liams, deputy di­rec­tor of the city’s Of­fice of Chil­dren’s Af­fairs. As stu­dents use the cards, city of­fi­cials will be able to track how of­ten they are used and where.

Solid data on stu­dent tran­sit use is not avail­able now be­cause there is no spe­cific bus pass for pub­lic school stu­dents, and no way to track stu­dent use. Den­ver Pub­lic Schools es­ti­mates it pur­chases about 2,500 RTD bus passes for high school stu­dents monthly.

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