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Student Pass: 9 to 12th Grades

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The Student Pass Program is a partnership between KCATA, Kansas City Public Schools, Hickman Mills School District and Center Public School District to give 9th through 12th graders free access to public transportation throughout the region. The one-year pilot launched at 12 schools allows thousands of students to connect to jobs, internships, extracurricular activities, shopping and WiFi hotspots. The passes are valid on any RideKC bus route except 510 K-10 Connector. Students will receive the photo I.D. from their schools in early November and can use them until they expire July 31, 2019. 

RideKC buses are equipped with audio/video surveillance, free WiFi and real-time tracking. Download the free RideKC App on your Apple or Android device by searching “RideKC” in your App/Play store to plan your trip and track your ride. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can use the passes?
Ninth through 12th grade students at any of the participating schools. 

Are the passes available to use at all hours?
Students can use their pass during normal bus operation hours unless there is a city or county curfew in place.  

What happens if I lose my pass?
You should report the lost or stolen card to your school administration. A replacement card is $5. Lost or stolen cards will be deactivated.

Can the pass be taken away for disciplinary reasons?
Students who ride public transportation must submit to all KCATA rules and regulations. Student ridership privileges may be revoked at any time by either particpating schools or KCATA. RideKC has a passenger code of conduct to ensure a safe and pleasant ride.     

Can my sibling, parent or another student use my card? 
Cards may not be used by, exchanged, or transferred to anyone other than the student issued the card.

Will the program be expanded into the 2019-2020 school year? 
The pilot will be assessed throughout the program. A decision to extend the program or not will be made before the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Can a student sign up for a pass without their parent/guardian’s permission?
A parent/guardian must sign permission slips and return them to the school before students can get a pass.

Participating schools

Center Alternative School • Center High School • Central Academy of Excellence • East High School •  Hickman Mills Freshman Center • Lincoln College Preparatory Academy • Manual Career and Technical Center • Northeast High School • Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts • Ruskin High School  • Southeast High School • Success Academy at Anderson

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High schools on RideKC bus lines

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