Starting this week, all 18 to 21-year-olds can enjoy cheaper travel across the county.
Applications are free and the pass is valid for up to a year, until June 20, 2022 or the day before the passholder’s 22nd birthday – whichever is sooner. All 18-year-olds who have a 16-18 Travel Pass which is due to expire are being sent a new Zoom Beyond pass automatically.
The extension to the existing travel concession to include over-18s forms part of the Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis’s support package to help young people as the region emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said: “Local leaders and I took the decision to extend this concession to cover everyone aged 21 and under in South Yorkshire because while the past year has been tough on us all, it’s been particularly tough for young people.
“I’ve promised to do all I can to help our young people. I hope this helps to get everyone where they want to be, whether that’s college, work or even just to see each other after a series of lockdowns.
“I also hope this will help get people back on the buses and support the system as a whole. As government support is reduced we need to make sure we get passenger numbers back up as quickly as possible so we can maintain the financial viability of the network and head off the associated traffic congestion and air pollution that comes from a dependency on cars.”
Zoom Beyond is not attached to any conditions such as being in education or employment and young people can use it to go anywhere within the region. All they need to do is show the pass to the bus driver or tram conductor when paying their fare.
The pass is valid on over 175 routes in South Yorkshire, on local services such as those operated by First, Stagecoach, TM Travel, Powells and Supertram. Applications can be made via travelsouthyorkshire.com/ZoomBeyond.