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All youth (age 18 and younger) can ride FREE

with a FREE Youth Pass beginning June 1, 2022.

CLICK HERE to see some of the fun places BFT can take YOU!

 

Who is eligible for a FREE Youth Pass?

  • All youth (age 18 or younger) are eligible to receive a FREE Youth Pass.

 

How do I get a FREE Youth Pass?

  • CLICK HERE to order your FREE Youth Pass online. Only 1 pass is needed per child and is valid through November 30, 2022. A limit of 6 passes can be ordered via online. Please contact Customer Service for bulk orders over 6.‚Äč

 

 

We appreciate your patience as we work to distribute the passes as quickly as possible!

 

Are FREE Youth Passes truly free-of-charge?

  • Yes! Youth (age 18 and younger) can ride all BFT services absolutely FREE with a FREE Youth Pass beginning June 1.

 

Do FREE Youth Passes work on BFT CONNECT and Dial A Ride, too?

  • Yes! Youth can ride BFT CONNECT for no charge with their FREE Youth Pass! Click here to learn more about CONNECT, BFT’s on-demand ride-share service.

 

  • All Dial-A-Ride eligible passengers (age 18 and younger) may also ride for FREE. To learn more about Dial-A-Ride eligibility, click here.

 

Do FREE Youth Passes expire?

  • Free youth passes are currently approved for use through November 30, 2022, with each child only needing one pass.

 

Why are Youth Passes now free-of-charge?

  • In March of 2022, Washington’s legislature passed a 16-year funding program to support and grow the state’s transportation sector. The funding package, named Move Ahead Washington, offered additional Transit Support Grant funding (called the Zero-Fare for Kids grant). To qualify for this funding, BFT must meet certain eligibility requirements including adopting a policy allowing all riders 18 years of age and younger to ride all transportation modes for free.

 

  • On May 12, 2022, BFT’s Board of Directors approved a six-month FTA-approved demonstration project (or trial program) allowing all youth, age 18 or younger, to ride for free on all transportation modes.  The Board of Directors will evaluate the program for long-term adoption before December 1, 2022.

 

I already purchased a Summer Youth Pass or other Youth ticket/pass.  Can I get a refund?

  • Any previously purchased and un-used Youth 10-Ride Ticket Booklets or Youth Monthly Passes are refundable. To receive your refund, please contact Customer Service.

 

My child has never ridden the bus before, but I’d like to learn more! How do I get started?

  • It’s simple! Just download the free Transit app, or contact Customer Service, for help planning your child’s trip.  If at any point your child needs assistance, they can always ask a bus driver for help! We’re here to make sure their trip goes smoothly. We also offer language translation services to help riders of all languages ride with ease.

 

Can my child take their bike on the bus?

  • YES! Every bus has a bike rack and loading the bike is easy.  Click here to view user-friendly instructions in English and Espanol.

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