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School's out for summer -- do you have your passport?

LIVE from City Hall

Posted: June 20, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Local teens looking for something to do this summer may only need to look as far as City Hall to find not only a fun public transportation option but also a list of local businesses that are providing discounts.

The city of Santa Clarita's Transit division has teamed up this summer with local businesses to offer students a Summer Bus Passport for the month of July. The Passport is a new student bus pass with benefits, and was created to allow Santa Clarita Valley students a summer experience using public transportation. The Summer Bus Passport is a low-cost, month-long bus pass, specifically designed for Santa Clarita youth.

The Passport not only provides the opportunity for a summer transportation experience, but also comes with numerous discounts and special offers for the Passport holders at businesses located throughout the community.

The discounts that are offered include money-off purchases, buy-one get-one free discounts as well as other free give-aways.

The Summer Bus Passport provides students the ability to enjoy their summer by experiencing cool activities throughout the City, while encouraging their individual autonomy.

For many youth in the community, the Summer Bus Passport will enable them to try out public transportation; something they may be utilizing later in the year when they enter junior high school and begin to ride the city bus to and from school.

For other youth, the Summer Bus Passport will allow them to visit fun destinations throughout the community, receive discounts, all without having to worry about the high cost of gas or the need for individual transportation.

Graduating sixth-graders throughout the Santa Clarita Valley were provided with a special invitation, entitling them to $5 off the Summer Buss Passport, and encouraging them to begin riding local public transportation this summer. The invitation also came with special tips for riding the bus, including using the city's Web site to locate various bus routes and schedules, and tips on how to enter and exit the bus.

The local businesses already signed up to participate in this exciting summer opportunity for students includes Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor, Color Me Mine, Mountasia, Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, the Ice Station, Rattlesnake Slims and the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.

Santa Clarita Transit is a safe and reliable public transportation service that provides local service, commuter service and Dial-a-Ride transportation to the entire Santa Clarita Valley.

By taking advantage of this exciting Summer Bus Passport, students and their parents are opening the doors to an exciting and productively fun summer season.

Students may purchase their Summer Bus Passport by showing their current student identification at either City Hall (located at 23920 Valencia Blvd., first-floor cashier located in the Building and Safety Division) or the city's Transit office (located at 28250 Constellation Road in the Commerce Center) to purchase their special July buss pass and passport sticker, which provides the discounts. The Summer Bus Passport can be purchased for $25.

If you are interested in learning more about the Summer Bus Passport, simply visit the city's Web site at www.Santa-Clarita.com and click on the summer bus passport icon.

Marsha McLean is a Santa Clarita City Council member. Her column reflects her own views, not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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