Teens get unlimited local rides plus discounts for regional travel
WOODBRIDGE, VA – Teens who are striving for independence but lack a driver’s license or access to a vehicle need the MyLink Teen Summer Bus Pass! With the pass, teens can travel around the Prince William County area without relying on their parents for a ride!
Now in its 10th year, the MyLink program is offered by the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). The pass enables those ages 13-19 to get unlimited local bus rides for three months for one low price. In addition, teens can use their MyLink pass to get discounted fares when traveling on PRTC buses to nearby Metro stations and Washington, D.C.
MyLink passes are loaded onto SmarTrip cards, making it easy for teens to transfer to Metro trains or other regional transit providers. The MyLink pass is now on sale at the PRTC Transit Center in Woodbridge and can be used on buses starting Tuesday, May 30. The pass is valid through Saturday, September 2, 2017.
In a 2016 survey, 69% of teens who used a MyLink pass last summer said they bought it because they didn’t have a driver’s license. Half said they used their pass to spend time with friends and get to summer school or other school-related activities.
“I have used this for the past several years and there is no way I would have been as successful in my academics, job, or even athletics,” one MyLink pass holder told PRTC in the 2016 survey.
When riding locally, teens simply tap their SmarTrip card to the farebox on the bus. The farebox recognizes the MyLink pass for local travel and does not charge a fare. When traveling outside the local area, MyLink pass holders receive credit for the local fare and only pay the difference between the local and commuter fares.
The MyLink pass costs $30 if the teen already has a SmarTrip card, otherwise there is an additional $2 fee to purchase the card. PRTC’s one-way local fare is currently $1.50, and will increase to $1.55 as of June 26, 2017. At that rate, a teen who takes more than 10 local round-trips over the summer will save money with a MyLink pass.
All PRTC buses run Monday through Friday, and some routes offer Saturday service. Local OmniLink routes serve Dale City, Dumfries, Manassas, Manassas Park, the Route 1 Corridor, and Woodbridge/Lake Ridge. There is also Cross County Connector bus service connecting eastern Prince William with the Manassas area.
Routes travelling outside the region include Metro Direct buses serving the Franconia-Springfield and Tysons Corner Metro stations, as well as OmniRide commuter buses to Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and points in Northern Virginia including Tysons Corner and the Mark Center.
PRTC provides commuter and local bus services as well as ridesharing services in Prince William County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Learn more about MyLink and all PRTC services at PRTCtransit.org, or speak with a friendly Customer Service Agent at (703) 730-6664.