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Free buses give young people safe, reliable transportation to after-school activities

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Free circulator buses are again making the rounds in north and south Minneapolis, providing kids with safe, reliable transportation to and from their after-school activities. The "You^th Are Here" buses first began running in the summer of 2007, helping connect kids to libraries, parks, and non-profit organizations that provide youth activities. Free circulator buses are again making the rounds in north and south Minneapolis, providing kids with safe, reliable transportation to and from their after-school activities. The "You^th Are Here" buses first began running in the summer of 2007, helping connect kids to libraries, parks, and non-profit organizations that provide youth activities. During the summer, more than 5,000 children and youths rode the bus. Because of that success, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board has re-launched the two bus routes for service this winter and spring, running from Feb. 4 until May 16, 2008.

Buses will travel a circular route every hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., stopping at designated spots with youth opportunities along the way. The northside buses serve the Near North and Camden communities, and the southside buses travel through the Central, Phillips, Powderhorn, and Longfellow communities. The buses are supervised at all times by youth workers.

Riding the You^th Are Here buses is free for youth ages 9 to 18, but registration is required. Children under nine years old can ride if they are accompanied by an adult or babysitter (age 13 or above). To register, to see route maps and schedules, and to get more information, visit the Youth Coordinating Board's Web site at www.ycb.org.

The You^th Are Here buses were first launched as a response to community concerns about the lack of safe and reliable transportation for children and youth wishing to attend programs outside their schools. The bus routes are intended to allow more young people to become involved in youth programs, and to help programs reach youth who previously may not have been able to attend because of a lack of transportation.
 

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