Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' motion to study the feasibility of Metro implementing a universal student transit pass program was unanimously approved at the Metro board meeting on Thursday. This led to jubilation and selfies with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, LA Community College District Board of Trustees VP (and former Assemblymember) Mike Eng; Michael Woo, Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona; Move LA ED Denny Zane; California State Students Association Sustainability Director Theary Monh; and a whole lot of students from LA Trade Tech! Staff is to report back in 60 days. It is our hope that funding could come from Metro's allocation of Low Carbon Transit Operations Program money from the GHG Reduction Fund.
Move LA had called the Supervisor's office to ask if we could discuss the possibility of Metro considering a student transit pass program during the public comment period — and on the spot the Supervisor offered to author a motion! UCLA's renown study of so-called "universal" student transit pass programs is here and a 2-page synopsis of study results is here. Streetsblog writes about it here, and The Source includes the motion here.