Go-To Card Program Information (4-18-12)
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and Metro Transit are partnering to offer Go-To Cards to eligible MPS high school students. Transportation eligible high school students who attend Roosevelt, Washburn, Henry, Wellstone, Edison, North and Expanded Options program may ride city buses and/or light rail to be transported to and from school; the program will replace yellow buses provided by MPS to high school students.
Metro Transit Go-To Cards will be phased in over two-years, beginning in the fall of 2012:
The three main reasons for spreading the full implementation over 2 years:
The Go-To Card program benefits students by offering scheduling flexibility and access to the wide variety of learning opportunities at school and within the greater community (i.e. academic programs, athletics and other activities beyond the school day.)
A pilot program conducted from 2009-12 involving over 2,000 students has already shown improvements in high school student attendance and retention, a major academic focus of Superintendent Johnson.
The MPS Office of Safety, Security and Emergency Management, Metro Transit Police and the Minneapolis Police Department have been working collaboratively to ensure that students’ safety is a priority, both at Metro Transit stops and in transit.
The program will allow for an additional 690 high school students who receive free and reduced priced meals and currently live within the two mile walk zone to receive public transportation to and from school. A significant number of these students live in areas where families have expressed concern about their student walking to school.
The expanded ridership of MPS high school students on Metro Transit will allow both organizations to leverage expenses and minimize operational annually increasing costs.
Parents of 8th graders going to high school using Go To Cards next fall who have attended a Check and Connect Go To Card information session, can receive a Metro Transit one-day guest pass to ride along with their student in a summer practice ride.
Students and families who wish to qualify for a Go To Card by completing a free and reduced lunch eligibility form need to be sure to complete and submit the form to the District but do not need to enter a Social Security number to be eligible.
The Go-To Cards will be an invaluable asset to the stability of high schools students who happen to be homeless and highly mobile by allowing each to travel to school and elsewhere regardless of home location.
Background Information /About Go-To Cards
Metro Transit buses and light rail are available to students for trips to and from school at a wide variety of times throughout the day. The Go-To Cards will allow student riders access to the bus or train from 5:00 AM until 10:00 PM seven days a week.
Students will sign a behavior contract before receiving a Go-To Card, agreeing to a code of conduct. The agreement hold students to the same conduct expectation on the bus.
Informational materials and in-person support will be shared with all students, families and high school staff, as well as external key leaders and stakeholders. Special efforts will be made to connect in many ways with varied cultural communities in which English is not the first language to assure families about safety and ease of access.
Metro Transit will be adding two new routes servicing the north and northeast areas of Minneapolis. One of the routes will run across Broadway east-west. These routes will be added to the Metro Transit trip planner this summer.
Metro Transit is adjusting routes, times and transfers to better serve Minneapolis Public School students.
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