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Youth fare offers discount

Did you know that during the summer months, Cortland Transit can help get your kids to summer school, summer jobs, swimming, the library, movies, and all the community has to offer?

From July 1 to Aug. 31, Cortland Transit allows teens who are 13 years of age and older to travel without adult supervision with a $10 pass or 75 cents per leg on a daily basis.

Check out for bus routes, times, and other information.

The passes are particularly helpful for the young people who take part in the Cortland County Employment & Training Program summer youth employment program, said the agency's Director Diane Wheaton.

"I know it has enabled kids to go to work, kids who would not work if they didn't have transportation," said Wheaton.

The summer employment program is for area youth ages 14 to 20, though the participants predominately fall in the 15-16 year-old range, said Wheaton. The grant-funded program places youth in jobs throughout the county for six-week assignments spanning 20-hours a week.

Some young people will be doing landscaping work, others will work in the kitchen at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center and others will work at area day care centers, said Wheaton. About 80 kids are signed up this summer, she said-- some began July 1 and others will start July 8.

Bus passes are available at Cortland Transit, 21 Squires Street. Daily riders can also pay the drivers in cash.

Wheaton didn't know how many young people are expected to use the summer pass to get to work this summer, but she said in the past the pass has made work opportunities possible for individuals who otherwise would have had no transportation to the jobs.

If you need additional assistance, call Cortland Transit at 758-3383 or the Mobility Management Coordinator at Seven Valleys Health Coalition at 756-4198

Feel daunted by the prospect of having your child step onto the bus alone? Watch our "how to ride the bus" video here!


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