North Bay youth ride free on public transit this summer

Smart train
Mark Prado

SMART, Marin Transit, Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Petaluma Transit have come together to provide free rides for kids and teens this summer from now through Aug. 31.

Passes are not necessary to ride, simply show a valid K-12 school or government-issued ID to the conductor when boarding the train or bus. Youth grades 9-12 may use a school ID from the Spring 2023 semester. Youth grades 8 and under, if asked, may present a school ID, or simply tell the conductor their grade and which school they attend. 

Younger children, under age 5, also ride for free but must be accompanied by an adult. Children and teens can take public transit to their favorite summer destinations, including parks, amusement centers, summer jobs, movie theaters, shopping centers, skate parks, libraries, summer camps, and summer classes.

“Marin Transit is thrilled to join other North Bay transit agencies to provide free fares for youth this summer," aid Nancy Whelan, General Manager of Marin Transit. "This program aims to inspire young people and families to try public transportation to explore and enjoy our beautiful and diverse region. This is also a way to say thank you to our student riders who rely on our bus service throughout the school year."

To plan trips, use these links:


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