|Elizabeth Segura, 17, told the Metropolitan Transit System board that she feels safer with the bus pass than she did when she had to walk home alone. Dallas Murphy, 17, (in white) said the pass gave her opportunities to tutor more.
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Jobs, safety, studying and volunteer work are some of the benefits students got from the Youth Opportunity (bus) Pass. It is a free pass for hundreds of students at Crawford, Hoover, Lincoln and San Diego high schools. Advocates spoke about the program at a Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors meeting about the agency's budget on June 19.
Dallas Murphy, 17, will be a senior at San Diego High School and uses the bus pass to get to school and to get to her tutoring appointments.
"The bus pass has not only helped me financially, it also gave me the opportunity to stay after school and catch up on work," she said. "It also helped me ... do community service."
She was one of about a dozen Mid-City CAN transportation advocates that attended the meeting to talk about the pilot program and push for a lower pass cost from MTS.