Poughkeepsie school kids may ride public transit for free


POUGHKEEPSIE – Middle and high school students in the Poughkeepsie City School District will once again be able to use Dutchess County Public Transit buses at no charge during the 2019-2020 school year.

New Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser said the free ride program “is a tremendous benefit to our district’s families and we encourage students to take advantage of the service, both for school and for extracurricular activities.”

The program began last year as a means to encourage timely arrival and attendance for students.

Routes M and P, which serve the high school and middle school, were modified to align with each school’s bell schedule. Extra buses operate on the routes in the morning and afternoon to ensure students are transported in a timely manner.

“As the new school year gets underway, we are happy to be again working with the Poughkeepsie City School District providing important connections to make it a great year for students,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison said the free bus service “is a wonderful benefit” for city families.