Alexandria City Public Schools and the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) have engaged in a new partnership that will enable ACPS high school students to ride DASH buses for free during the school year throughout the City of Alexandria as part of a new pilot program launching in September.
 
“This new program is a terrific demonstration of how community partnerships benefit our community as a whole. This program will provide a valued service to our students and families, some of whom face significant transportation challenges in navigating between home, school, extra-curricular activities and work. We are really pleased to work with the Alexandria Transit Company to address this need,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Lois F. Berlin.
 
T.C. Williams High School students at both the Minnie Howard and King Street campuses should show their student ID for a free ride on any DASH bus, any time of day, any day of the week, throughout the 2017-18 school year.
 
“DASH is looking forward to this exciting partnership with ACPS which continues to build upon the strong relationship between the two organizations. This new program provides T.C. Williams students with the opportunity to travel around Alexandria in a safe, convenient and reliable manner. The program gives students the independence that they desire while providing an early opportunity to learn about the benefits of public transportation. We are hopeful that this pilot will set the foundation to build future transportation options for all students in Alexandria,” said Josh Baker, CEO & General Manager of DASH.
 
Alexandria Transit Company and T.C. Williams staff will collaborate on a bus safety awareness training program for students as part of the partnership. The program gives ACPS and DASH the opportunity to teach students about the importance of bus safety and good habits when riding public transport.
 
The pilot program will launch on Sept. 25 and will run through the school year, ending on June 22, 2018.

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