Yakima residents 18-years-old and younger can ride Yakima Transit for free as a result of action by the Yakima City Council last month and a grant from Washington State. The free rides start Saturday, October 1. Yakima city officials say young people can take advantage of all kinds of free rides on Yakima Transit fixed route bus service, Yakima-Ellensburg Commuter and Dial-A-Ride paratransit service (for those qualified to use Dial-A-Ride).

All the kids need is proof of eligibility

So what do kids need to get the rides for free? Those 18 yea-old and younger are required by have proof of eligibility in the form of a current school photo ID card, a valid government-issued ID card, a birth certificate, or a free Yakima Transit Youth Card. The card is available at no charge "at the Yakima Transit Center located at S. 4th Street and Walnut Avenue or the City of Yakima Public Works facility, 2301 Fruitvale Boulevard, during regular business hours." Children under 6 continue to ride Yakima Transit services for free with a fare-paying adult and do not need proof of eligibility.
“We appreciate this opportunity to provide free transit service for young people in our community,” says Yakima Transit Manager Alvie Maxey.

The money not spent by kids will be paid back by the state

City officials say the program, approved by the Washington State Legislature in March 2022, "provides grant funding to fully replace lost youth fare revenue for transit agencies, such as Yakima Transit, which adopt fare-free policies for individuals 18 years of age and younger."

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