Assessing the Impacts of Student Transportation on City Buses and Trains

Principal Investigator(s):

Yingling Fan, Associate Dean for Faculty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Andrew Guthrie, Former U of M Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

This study examines the impacts of the Student Pass program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that enables high school students to take unlimited rides on regular-route buses and light rail from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the school year (i.e., excluding summer break). The study finds that the Student Pass program has been successful in providing a number of educational, economic, and societal benefits. These include: benefits for students at and away from school, financial savings for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), time savings for families, reduced traffic congestion, reduced vehicle emissions, and promotion of positive attitudes towards transit and equity benefits for students from under-resourced families.


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