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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles Community College District has received a $1 million grant that will allow its students to ride subway buses and trains for free, subway officials announced Wednesday.
The funds were secured by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, as part of the Congress-led funding process to expand Metro’s GoPass program through the 2022-23 academic year for the county’s 21 community colleges .
The program allows the district’s 500,000 students to apply for free transit passes.
“Lack of transportation is one of the biggest barriers for students wanting to complete their education, and that’s especially true in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles,” Feinstein said.
Before the pandemic, a quarter of students attending a community college in Los Angeles used public transportation to get to class, according to Metro. Half of LACCD students live below the poverty line and 68% are low income.
“Transportation costs should never come between our students and opportunities,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Our community colleges are gateways to prosperity for Angelenos in every ZIP code – and thanks to this grant from Senator Feinstein, Metro can continue to do its part to ensure nothing stands in the way of our students pursuing their dreams.”
Metro officials said the goal is to double participation in the GoPass program over the next year. Metro also partnered with Glendale Community College earlier this month to give the college’s 15,000 students access to the program.