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To register students for MyKey cards, IndyGo presents the first back-to-school night



Indianapolis, Indiana – IndyGo organized its first back-to-school event to inform parents about the public transportation network and encourage kids to sign up for the MyKey card.

With a MyKey card, any student under the age of 18 can ride the bus for half off, and another group of students can ride for free thanks to an arrangement with their high schools.

Younger children, like Lillana Scruggs, still commute to elementary school daily on the conventional yellow school bus, but she also has a key card that allows her to take the city bus with her family for half off.

“I like all the people on the bus and the bus drivers,” Scruggs said. “It makes me happy because it makes my heart feel great.”

Latonya Barnett, her mother, stated that paying only half the fee is a significant cost-cutting strategy.

“That’s a bonus value for our family because we ride the bus often and we’re prepared while we’re riding the bus,” Barnett said.

Some local schools work with IndyGo to provide older children with free bus transportation to and from school and other events.

“The card is gonna really help me get through all of my stuff and get to school, and everything,” Brandon Jordan, a 9th-grade student at Purdue Poly Tech, said. “And I get to see a lot of things to do after school.”

The free-fare card is available to students for use in addition to traveling to and from school. The freedom to participate in extracurricular activities is provided to high school students, according to Jordan Batterson, manager of special programs at IndyGo.

“Free trips to get to their jobs, free trips to get to their extracurricular activities, and to be able to advocate for themselves in the City of Indianapolis,” Batterson said.