Thanks to funding from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the ‘Free BART Rides for School Field Trips’ program is back and will offer 40,000 free trips for students, teachers and chaperones traveling with their schools to cultural and educational destinations. Bay Area schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties are eligible to apply and applications are currently being taken on a first-come, first-served basis through December 31st, 2014. Each school will have a limit of six free trips per year. Interested schools can find more information on the ‘Free BART Rides’ page and make a reservation using the program’s online form.
County Connection offers the ‘Class Pass Program’, designed to help familiarize students with public transportation. Teachers are invited to take students on free trips twice per school year using County Connection’s ?xed-route bus system—Monday through Friday, during off-peak hours. In addition to free passes, participating groups will be provided s a specially designed ‘Class Pass’ to use when boarding as well as a personalized trip plan with system maps and schedules. Full program details and an application form are available on the County Connection Class Pass page.