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Bus passes for students sensible

Bus passes for students sensible

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha and Metro transit are taking a sensible step to help more students get around town.

The university this week announced a $60,000 agreement with Metro transit to provide UNO students bus rides anywhere Metro's buses go.

This sound idea could help UNO students who want to build their resumes and round out their college experiences but lack access to a car.

Getting to internships, part-time jobs, movies, shopping, the bar, grocery store or museum now will require only a valid UNO ID card.

Metro had already provided UNO students rides from campus. The new agreement is aimed at getting more UNO students to use the bus. It follows students-ride-free programs at Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

But UNO, like Metro Community College, serves a high number of first-generation college students and students overcoming poverty.

At UNO, about one-third of those taking classes, 6,124, are first-generation college students, including nearly half the freshmen class.

This move could help eliminate one of the barriers that keeps kids from finishing school — access to reliable, affordable transportation.

May it keep more students around long enough to graduate and get good jobs, right here at home.

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