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New bus-pass plan for city students

 Rochester, N.Y.A new bus-pass system was unveiled by city, transportation and school district leaders Tuesday.

The goal of the system is to reduce the number of students taking buses to the Liberty Pole, staying for hours and at times fighting.

These changes that we have to make are unfortunate, its unfortunate that we have to do this, said Malik Evans, School Board President.

Recent fights and a shooting in the Liberty Pole area spurred leaders to make changes that will mean more students will be required to travel straight from home to school and back home again.

Several components of the plan include:

-Express passes can only be used for a students assigned bus routes in the morning or once school is dismissed. Orange express passes will be invalid if used at different times or at other stops.
-Students who are on bus routes that require a transfer can only use gray passes from morning until 5 p.m. In order to rasnfer, they will need a connection pass when boarding their first bus. It expires after 60 minutes.
-Students who need bus transportation for after-school activities will have to get permission from their school.

If it works then its great, but I think in terms of something permanent, and something long-term solution, we may have to come back to the drawing board, said James Sheppard, Rochester Police Chief.

A complete breakdown of the new pass system can be found below:

Rochester City School District Bus Pass Model (Effective Friday, October 4, 2013)

Express Transfer Pass (orange)
Morning Service - ONLY valid on Express Transfer Service.
Afternoon Service - ONLY valid on Express Transfer Service.
Weekend Service - Pass is NOT valid on weekends, holidays and during school breaks.


Non-Express Transfer Service Pass (gray)
Morning Service - Valid at any RTS bus stop from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Afternoon Service - Valid at the bus stop closest to the school listed on the pass from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If a transfer is necessary, a Connection Pass must be requested.
Weekend Service - Pass is NOT valid on weekends, holidays and during school breaks.

All Day Pass (gold)
Morning Service - Valid at any RTS bus stop from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Afternoon Service - Valid at any RTS bus stop from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Weekend Service - Pass is NOT valid on weekends, holidays and during school breaks.

Activity Pass - 2 2 (blue)
**The Activity Pass must be presented in conjunction with the RCSD issued Identification Card.***
Morning Service - Not valid in the morning.
Afternoon Service - Valid weekdays from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Weekend Service - Valid at any bus stop on Saturdays and Sundays. Pass is NOT valid on holidays and during school breaks.

 
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