Loudoun Student IDs Could Equal Free Bus Passes

This article was updated July 8 at 4:20 p.m. to correct an error about which bus routes the proposal would affect.

Loudoun County staff members will examine a proposal by Supervisor Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian) to allow Loudoun County Public Schools students to use their student IDs as free bus passes.

Supervisors voted 8-0-1 on July 6, Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) absent, to study letting public schools students ride free on Loudoun Transit local fixed-route buses. Local bus service is $1 per trip in Loudoun.

County staff members will present supervisors with a report on the idea’s fiscal impact and options for putting it into practice.

“This will hopefully promote use of public transportation by our youth, and maybe alleviate some financial impacts of trying to use public transportation around the county,” Briskman said.

Learn more about public transit in Loudoun at Loudoun.gov/transit.

6 thoughts on “Loudoun Student IDs Could Equal Free Bus Passes

  • 2021-07-07 at 3:16 pm
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    Why is the Loudoun Board of Supervisors intending to openly discriminate against private and home schooled children? Their parents pay property taxes too, and 70% goes to LCPS funding.

  • 2021-07-07 at 6:50 pm
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    It ain’t free it is just another carve out by crooked political hacks.

  • 2021-07-07 at 8:08 pm
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    Free! Free! Free! Let’s make everything free! Don’t worry about the bill, those silly taxpayers will just have to pay more.

  • 2021-07-08 at 1:40 pm
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    I’m not sure how it will increase the cost. There is no information provided as to how many students use the system now. My guess is that # will likely stay the same. A ride is $1 each way so we’re talking $10 a week per student.

    Assuming it goes through I don’t think it should all them to leave the county. It also should be limited to school days and within certain hours to cover before school and after school activities.

  • 2021-07-08 at 1:41 pm
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    Hey BOS,
    Why not throw in a free pony while you are at it?

    What a dumb idea. It is NOT FREE. You are using our tax money and you are also discriminating against private and home schooled kids.

  • 2021-07-08 at 2:53 pm
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    Has anyone considered this from a parent’s point of view? Do we want children going to Reston, Arlington, or Washington using their Briskman bus pass? Also aren’t the commuter buses crowded already? Another half-baked idea.

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