United Teachers Los Angeles has been given the green light to initiate a strike on Monday. Although it’s still undecided if they will, as many as 600,000 students could be impacted by the strike.
Metro announced earlier this week that they will offer free rides to LAUSD students in the event of a strike.
“We want to do our part to help relieve some of the transportation challenges students and parents might face in case a strike is called,” said Metro spokesman Dave Sotero. “We’re hopeful that we can introduce some students to the Metro system, and that they’ll continue to use it throughout the year.
LAUSD students will be able to ride free from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. each strike day, with a student identification card, and are being encouraged to attend school, study at local libraries or participate at recreation center activities throughout the city.
Metro bus operators will check LAUSD student IDs on-board buses and fare enforcement officers will allow students, with ID cards, to ride without fares on Metro’s Gold, Blue, Green and Expo light rail lines. On the Metro Red and Purple Lines, Metro will deploy TAP personnel to facilitate students’ free entry through subway fare gates.
“LAUSD is the country’s second largest school district with more than 600,000 students. At Metro, we want to help those kids who may be staying home from school because of the strike find constructive and educational ways to spend their time,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Chair of the Metro Board. “Free Metro access will help make it easier for students and their families to get to parks, museums, libraries and other facilities.”
Students may plan their trip using the Metro Trip Planner or by calling 323-GO.METRO (323-466-3876). Students can also download the GoMetro smartphone app to complete their trips. The app is available on both iPhone and Android platforms. Metro and its municipal partners currently operate 165 bus lines and five major rail lines which cover a nearly 1,500 square mile area within L.A. County.
Metro offers discounted passes to students K through 12 throughout the year. A one-way fare for these students is normally just $1 dollar per day, or $24 per month. For more information on Metro’s student fares, visit Metro online or call 213-680-0054.