They call it the Freedom Pass. Local Mississsauga-based youth between 12 and 14 can apply for one of 10,000 Freedom Passes. The city is expanding a pilot program that allows Mississauga youth to take unlimited rides on MiWay buses throughout the summer. The passes to ride MiWay for free can be used from July 1 to Aug. 31.
The passes are good for all routes, except route 88 to Canada’s Wonderland.
As well, the passes allow the youth to swim for free at both indoor and outdoor municipally run pools during public swim periods.
The idea behind the program is to get youth familiar with Mississauga’s transit system and to help them travel across the city and let them check out many of the amenities the municipality offers.
This year we are doubling the amount of passes available to youth. It allows our young people to travel independently throughout the city on MiWay and make use of city pools – all for free.”
Last year, 5,000 passes were made available. The passes were used 12,300 times at city-owned pools.
Youth interested in applying for a pass can visit a community centre with a valid piece of photo identification that includes proof of age (such as a health card or passport) and complete an application form. Parental or guardian approval is required.
It is hoped that the experience of riding public transit would convert them into future paying riders. More riders are required to keep Mississauga’s transit system viable.