Idea #35 - Advocate for Free Public Transit for Youth

Advocate and work with Translink and the provincial government to implement free public transit for youth under the age of 18.

"I support affordable and accessible transit for all New Westminster residents. Transit is vital for people to run errands, commute to work or school, and to thrive in the community. That’s why I believe that we need to make transit free for youth under 18 years old – so that they can better access public transit options and feel confident when they are travelling around the region."  Nadine Nakagawa Council Candidate on Team Cote

Over the past few years Translink has been reviewing its transit fare policies. One idea that has come up during this process is to provide free public transit to youth under the age of 18. Research has shown that people who become familiar with taking public transit in their youth are more likely to continue using it later in life. Currently Translink provides free public transit service for children under the age of five. The City of Seattle recently began providing free transit to youth under the age of 18. With support from Translink and the provincial government, a similar program could be instituted here in Metro Vancouver. Free transit for people under 18 would improve affordability for families with children, and encourage the next generation to become lifelong transit users.