Youth Ride Free is here! Thanks to the Move Ahead Washington funding package, transit agencies across the state have implemented new policies allowing people 18 and under to ride transit for free.

What does this new policy mean for the future of young people moving around in Washington? How can we best support young riders in building confidence as transit riders and in making transit a sustainable option throughout their lives?

Join Transportation Choices for a special Transit Talk as we discuss how to best support young riders. You’ll hear from young people, parents, and agency representatives about the impacts of Youth Ride Free and what they envision the future of youth-focused transportation to be.

This event will occur on Friday, November 18 from 12-1 pm on Zoom. Closed captions and live transcription will be enabled. Please contact McKenna Lux at for any other accessibility requests.

This Transit Talk will be hosted as a Zoom meeting featuring a choice of two different panel discussions. Both sessions will be recorded and shared with the audience after the event.

Panel 1: Youth Mobility with Young Riders (video at top of page)

  • Jazmine Smith, Political Manager, The Washington Bus
  • Maham Khan, Young person and Yakima resident who testified on behalf of “Youth Ride Free” in WA State Legislature.
  • Carla Saulter, Writer and rider from Seattle, Washington, author of Mother of two.
  • Moderator: Kelsey Mesher, Transportation Choices Coalition

Panel 2: Youth Ride Free with Agency Representatives (video below)

  • Dani Hurula, Youth Program Manager, King County Metro
  • Maureen McCarthy, Director of Community and Government Relations, Whatcom Transportation Authority
  • Moderator: Hester Serebrin, Transportation Choices Coalition
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