A new bus pass has been launched to give 16-18 year olds in Greater Manchester the freedom to travel, work, learn, train and play. Designed by the Youth Combined Authority (YCA), Our Pass will give young people free bus travel across the city-region from September.
The pass is part of Mayor Andy Burnham’s commitment to opening up opportunities for young citizens once they finish high school. At the beginning of his term, he tasked the YCA to develop an opportunity pass for young people, and now they have made Our Pass their own.
The cost of public transport has long been a concern for young people, and it’s hoped that the pass will break down the financial barriers that come with commuting to work or an apprenticeship.
And it’s not just free bus travel that pass holders will benefit from – during the course of the two-year pilot, they’ll also gain access to tickets for sports, music and cultural events, as well as leisure attractions. There will also be careers events and taster days for people to take advantage of.
Applications for Our Pass will go live on July 1, and the pass can be used from September. Anyone aged 16-18 living in any of the local authorities within Greater Manchester will be eligible.
In the meantime, young people are being invited to have their say on what kinds of opportunities they want from the pass. A survey has been launched which will stay open until June 23.