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City Heights residents rally for Youth transit Passes

Oscar Hernandez and other Mid-City CAN Improving Transportation in City Heights supporters marched on Dec. 10 from San Diego High School to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System offices at 12th and Imperial Avenues to urge support for the Youth Opportunity Pass, which provides free bus passes, for students at Hoover, Crawford, Lincoln and San Diego High School. Photo by Angelica Brewster

Oscar Hernandez and other Mid-City CAN Improving Transportation in City Heights supporters marched on Dec. 10 from San Diego High School to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System offices at 12th and Imperial Avenues to urge support for the Youth Opportunity Pass, which provides free bus passes, for students at Hoover, Crawford, Lincoln and San Diego High School.

Photo by Angelica Brewster

Mid-City CAN Improving Transportation in City Heights supporters marched on Dec. 10 from San Diego High School to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System offices at 12th and Imperial Avenues to urge MTS to discount passes for the Youth Opportunity Pass, which could provide more no-cost bus passes to students at Hoover, Crawford, Lincoln and San Diego High School. The passes are designed to increase safety, access to jobs and after-school activities.

By Thong Huang, 17
Hoover High School senior

For the community to improve and enrich itself, the people must establish a concrete foundation.

Young people are not only a promising future for this community, but also for this country. It is crucial for us to offer each and every young student an equal opportunity to pursue his or her future, education and career.

As a local high school student, I realize that transportation plays a key role in a young person's future.

Students give up opportunities for jobs, volunteering and educational support because of lack of transportation.

For low-income students, buses and trolleys are their only option.

After three years of hard work and dedication to the Youth Opportunity (Bus) Pass campaign, Mid-City CAN was able to convince the decision makers to give out more than 800 no-cost bus passes to high school students last year.

As a result, many of my peers got more involved in extracurricular activities as well as their community.

Unfortunately, the decision makers somehow have come to a conclusion that it is not worth it to continue to invest in our youth and to listen to their opinions.

Hundreds of students have lost their passes this year. If we want to preserve and improve the prosperity of this community and this country we must equip every young person with the essential tools so that he or she can reach their best potential -- and transportation is a key thing.

It is time for the youth to confidently and passionately speak up, and our voices must, and will, be heard.

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