The City of Montreal and the STM have teamed up to give hundreds of thousands of kids around the island an opportunity to ride public transit for free.
The new program is aimed at giving children aged 6 to 17 from low-income families a chance to take part in sports, events, educational, cultural and leisure activities.
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According to Nathalie Goulet, Montreal’s executive committee member responsible for youth, individual and group tickets will be donated to a variety of day camps. schools and organizations across the island.
The city estimates that the new program will trigger up to 5 million STM bus and metro trips in the next five years.
Le #CEmtl approuve une promesse de donation de titres gratuits de la @stminfo, qui permettront aux jeunes montréalais-es de 6 à 18 ans d’accéder à des activités sportives, culturelles, éducatives ou de loisirs.
— Projet Montréal (@projetmontreal) May 8, 2019
Similar to how Toronto’s TTC lets kids 12 and under ride for free, the program is designed to keep Montreal children from giving up on an activity because transport is too expensive.
The project is expected to cost roughly $6.3 million over the next five years.