By Ryan Fonseca
A bill that would have created a program to let California students ride public transit for free passed the state legislature with bipartisan support, but was ultimately rejected by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week.
Assembly Bill 1919, introduced by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), would have established a five-year Youth Transit Pass Pilot Program. California’s Department of Transportation, aka Caltrans, would run the program, managing grants to individual transit agencies that applied for funding.
Students in K-12 school districts would be eligible for free transit access, along with students enrolled in state community colleges, California State University, or the University of California systems.
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