By Irma Widjojo
A new pilot program to help students with bus passes is up for approval by the Benicia Unified School Board on Thursday.
The one-year agreement between Soltrans and the school district states that monthly bus passes — up to 90 — will be sold at 50 percent discount to the district, from the beginning until the end of the year.
The bus passes are given to students who have trouble getting to school because of transportation.
“In our district there are students whose attendance is problematic because they do not have transportation and are unable to afford the cost of bus passes,” a district staff report states.
Currently, there are 27 middle and high school students who have been identified and are receiving bus passes from the district.
They were verified by school officials and their situations are assessed monthly, according to the district.