In partnership with Cherriots, the City of Salem, and the City of Keizer our community is now offering the Youth Zero Pass, which allows children 0-18 to ride Cherriots Local, Regional and Lift buses at no-cost to them. No identification is required.


Many youth within our community do not have access to a vehicle or driving privileges and therefore have limited mobility in the community. Walking, biking and driving with peers are suitable means of getting around, but now riding the bus will be one of the safest and least expensive alternatives. Increased youth ridership will help foster independence in the youth of our community and create a generation of public transit users.

Tips for riding safely

Youth throughout the community might have years of experience riding school buses, but public transportation buses, such as Cherriots have a few key differences to be aware of. Below, please review a few key safety tips:

Go with the flow!

Please keep the aisle clear and exit through the rear door when possible.

Can it wait?

Please wait until the bus is stopped to ask the driver questions so they can focus on driving.

Let it go!

Please don’t chase after, run alongside, or attempt to stop a bus once it leaves a stop.

Respect the ride!

Please be courteous to your fellow riders and use appropriate language.

Review more safety tips

Questions & Answers

Question: Who is eligible for Youth Zero Pass?

Answer: All youth ages 0-18 do not pay a fare.

Question: What is the minimum age a youth needs to be to use Cherriots?

Answer: The recommended age for unaccompanied travel is 12. A measure of ability is that the individual can demonstrate safe, independent travel within the community.

Question: Is there a pass or identification required to show eligibility to the bus operator?

Answer: No. Youth ages 0-18 will not be required to show any sort of pass or identification upon boarding the bus. Just get on and ride to your destination!

Question: What will happen with the Youth Fare Pass that I have already purchased?

Answer: Reimbursements will be processed by Cherriots Customer Service using normal reimbursement procedures.

Question: Where is funding coming from to support this fare elimination?

Answer: The City of Salem, the City of Keizer, and the Salem-Keizer Public Schools have approved one year of youth fare funding.

Question: Why did the City of Salem, the City of Keizer, and the Salem-Keizer Public Schools choose to sponsor the Youth Zero Pass?

Answer: There are many reasons, including breaking down barriers so that families and youth can access their community: groceries, medical appointments, recreational activities, church, and jobs. Families may not utilize public transportation because the cost of riding with their children can create a financial barrier. Increased access to public transit for youth and families makes for a healthier community. Additionally, building a culture of transit starts young. A culture of transit addresses social, economic, and environmental factors that affect the well-being of the community.