The 15-week summer pass offers unlimited rides for youth 18-years-old and younger from Friday, May 15 through Monday, August, 31 2015, on all local PSTA and Jolley Trolley routes (excludes Routes 100X and 300X).
Wanda Ramirez, parent of a 5th grader at Seventy-fourth Street Elementary School, learned about the Haul Pass at an ESOL parent workshop about transitioning to Middle School, and called it “a gift.”
“You can go to the mall, the beach, anywhere you like,” Ramirez translated to her daughter in Spanish. “It’s one less worry.”
Passes are available for purchase beginning May 1 at PSTA terminals and on the PSTA website for just $35. All you need to board the bus with a Haul Pass is a PSTA Youth ID card, middle or high school ID, or government-issued photo ID showing age (must be 18 and younger to qualify).
“Public transportation is life for the parents and children of Pinellas,” said Branka Prodanovic-Hodzic, ESOL Family Outreach Coordinator for Pinellas County Schools. “I can tell that these families are really being helped by these types of programs.”
PSTA encourages parents to remind their children of safe-riding practices, such as always riding with a buddy and wearing bright colors at night. To stay updated on departure and arrival times, check out PSTA’s real-time bus tracking at www.ridepsta.net