Information from Councillor Karen McGowan.
We have received the following information from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive regarding online applications for young people’s travel passes.
It is fast approaching the end of the current academic year and the new academic year will be on us soon. We wanted to take this opportunity to promote the benefits of our free travel passes to people aged 18 and under and encourage young people and parents to apply for a concessionary pass.
Concessionary travel passes provide proof of eligibility to travel for a concessionary fare of 80p per single journey. Additionally, pass holders are eligible to purchase a range of discounted daily, weekly and 28-day tickets from bus and tram operators, including prepaid tickets offering unlimited travel across South Yorkshire.
Our travel passes are available to young people aged 18 and under who live in South Yorkshire. Early application is encouraged in order to benefit from discounted travel over the summer holidays. The quickest way to apply for a pass is online by creating a MyTSY account. Full details on how to apply can be found at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com.
We aim to dispatch each pass within 11 days of receiving a completed online application if all details are correct.
If customers are unable to apply online, we are asking them to give our Traveline team a call on 01709 515151, between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday or 8am and 7pm Saturday and Sunday, and they will happily talk them through their options.
In addition, to help with the region’s recovery post-pandemic, the Mayor of South Yorkshire Dan Jarvis announced an extension to SYPTE’s young person’s travel concession to include those between 18 and 21 years old. The concession will allow passengers with a valid Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass to travel for 80p per single journey on bus and tram within South Yorkshire, from 21 June 2021 to 20 June 2022. The pass will expire either on 20 June 2022 or the day before the person’s 22nd birthday, whichever is sooner. Further information regarding the Zoom Beyond Travel Pass can be found at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ZoomBeyond
We will automatically issue existing 16-18 Travel Pass holders with a new Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass during week commencing 31 May, though they should continue to use their 16-18 Travel Pass until it expires on 31 July.