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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

LA Community College students can use the subway for free until 2022

Students enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District can take the Metro and other participating transit agencies for free as part of a pilot program that will run through December 31, 2022, the district announced Tuesday, December 7.

The GOPASS program took effect on December 1 and followed a vote of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors on September 23 to approve free metro access for students in K-12 and community college school districts that share the cost of the program. agree to. with metro.

The program, along with the Los Angeles Unified School District, took effect on October 1 and will run through June 30, 2023. Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins announced the GoPass program for Los Angeles Community College District students Tuesday, along with the district’s board of students, on Tuesday. President Steve Varese and Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez.

Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins said Tuesday, “A recent study completed by the Hope Center found that students spend a fifth of their total living expenses on transportation, and this is especially true for community college students.” who come almost exclusively on campus.”

“It’s clear that students with subsidized transportation tend to do better in school, allowing them to focus on what really matters: their education. We created the GOPASS program because we don’t want students to lose their lives.” Had to face transportation constraints in completing college education.

One-quarter of LACCD students reported using public transportation regularly to reach classes before COVID-19, and officials expect the GoPass program to reduce cost barriers to public transportation for low-income students. will remove

According to LACCD, which recently conducted a survey of its students, 68% of students come from low-income backgrounds, 51% live below the poverty line, 55% reported housing insecurity and 63% reported food insecurity. Reported insecurity. The district hopes the program will mean students will have more money to spend on necessities like food, rather than transit to get to school.

“It is fitting that transit equity in Los Angeles County takes a major step forward here today,” Veres said. “We have been advocating in support of this issue for over four years. This fairless transit system for all students, especially community college students, is transformative for more than 50 percent of our students who have told us they have difficulty paying for public transportation. This effort will undoubtedly bring a better quality of life and peace of mind to many of our students, enabling them to focus on their academic success.”

According to LACCD, its students advocated a fairless transit program. The approved program for K-12 and community college districts is estimated to have cost approximately $49.9 million in lost revenue over the two years, with 87 school districts in Los Angeles expressing interest in participating in the program after the Metro Board of Directors approved Voted to approve. Pilot. Most of the pilot program — $41.5 million — is paid for by the federal American Rescue Plan.

“For years, students have told us that transportation is a significant burden that affects their ability to attend and access our colleges,” said LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said. “Today we can take pride in the work we have done to bring this effort to the communities that stand to benefit the most.”

Metro initially explored expanding the program to low-income riders, who make up 70% of Metro’s riders, but that expansion is contingent on $416 million in new funding. Metro instead voted to develop a plan to double the number of participants in its Low-Income Fair Is Easy (LIFE) program, which assists low-income LA County residents with discounted transit access.

Before the pandemic, about 35% of the system’s low-income riders were part of the LIFE program, while the program currently covers 60% of Metro’s low-income riders.

The program offers discounted transit passes, which include savings of $6.50 – $13 for a 7-day pass – and a savings of $26 – $50 for a 30-day pass. Newly enrolled riders also get 90 days of free rides.

Metro officials say that the LIFE application process has been streamlined and it takes only a few minutes to complete the form with basic information of applicants and other household members. People can enroll in the program online at https://bit.ly/3x6RYe5 or by visiting:

– Wilshire/Western Station, 3775 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays;

– Pomona Metrolink Station, 100 W Commercial St. in Pomona, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 20;

— Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center, 1200 N. in Boyle Heights. State St., 8 a.m. to noon December 15; And

– Downtown Long Beach Station, 130 E. First St. in Long Beach, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 16.

People can apply online for the Low-Income Fair Is Easy (LIFE) program at https://bit.ly/3x6RYe5.

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