Stand up for Students - Support the Transit Pass Program

Students should spend their time and energy focusing on school—not worrying about the cost of getting there.

Help California's students get to and stay in school by showing your support for a Statewide Student Transit Pass Program.

Low-income students across California need your help to get to school! Giving free or reduced-fare transit passes to middle, high school, and college students all over the state helps everyone to share in the advantages of an education—and investing in student transit programs is an investment in our future.

Besides elevating the lifelong potential of our students, these programs can help to improve our transit systems, create lifelong transit users, reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion, and reduce strain on low-income families.

Legislation Update: Despite Governor Brown's veto of the statewide student transit pass program bill last year, Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) isn't giving up on getting all of California's students to school. His persistence is paying off; his new bill crafted to analyze and report back on the state of local student transit pass programs passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee, and CalBike will be keeping you up to date and working behind the scenes to ensure all of our students have affordable, accessible, safe, and sustainable ways to get to school.

Here's the latest from our partners at MoveLA Transit:

"Asm. Holden, our longtime student transit pass champion, has asked Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting to adopt budget language providing $50 million from the FY 2018-2019 budget to fund the program described in last year’s AB 17 (read the bill language HERE). The budget talks are beginning now, in advance of the “May revise” that alters the Governor’s budget based on the most recent economic forecasts. The ask will be made in Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3 chaired by Asm. Richard Bloom—a good friend to students and to transit passes!

We described this “budget play” in earlier emails: Holden’s 2018 student pass bill, AB 2304, is being held on suspense in Assembly Appropriations and will hopefully secure funding for a study by the UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. This bill was in response to the Governor’s AB 17 veto message—which stated the Governor wanted “a fuller discussion of how local transit discount programs work and how any new ones should be paid for.”

The budget play is one way to fund a statewide transit pass program next year without waiting for the study to be completed. This is our third attempt to win funding, but the bill has won such broad and bipartisan support, and we’re obviously so determined, that we believe this is a path that could get us all the way to victory this year!"

We'll update this space as the legislation hopefully moves forward, so sign up for our advocacy updates below to stay in the loop and stand up for students. 

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