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Tulsa Transit offers free rides for Tulsa Public School high schoolers

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 18:14:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa high schoolers can ride the city bus free anytime, any day as Tulsa Transit expands its free program.

Through TPSRides, students in grades 9-12 at Tulsa Public Schools with a valid student ID can ride the bus seven days a week until July 31, 2021, according to school district officials. The program was previously only Monday through Friday for school.

"Now, that everything is so different because virtual, tutoring all different options, we wanted to make sure people can get where they need to be," said Drew Myers, marketing coordinator with Tulsa Transit.

Tulsa Transit expanded the program to help students and families get to part-time jobs and district services, like free lunch services, tutoring and internet hot spots, according to the district.

Officials said Modus, a Tulsa non-profit dedicated to removing transportation barriers, is going to virtually train high school students on how to use the transit system.

“We are excited that our students will continue to be able to get around our city safely and access the community resources and organizations that are available to Tulsans,” said Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist. “Students participating in TPS Rides have a chance to experience the independence that comes with mobility, and this service also supports students who are providing for their families. We are grateful to Tulsa Transit for continuing this important partnership.”

In an effort to keep riders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the district said Tulsa Transit plans to implement and strictly enforce the following protocols:

  • staggered seating to ensure safe distancing;
  • limited vehicle capacity by driver discretion; and
  • wearing face masks while traveling

To learn more about the TPSRides program, click here.

For more information about Tulsa Transit, click here.

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