Ariane Burgess, the Scottish Green MSP for Highlands & Islands has welcomed the positive impact of free bus travel for people under 22, which has already benefited almost 550,000 young people in Scotland.
In total, 550,000 young people across Scotland have enjoyed over 33 million journeys.
Scotland is the first country in the UK to offer free bus travel for young people.
It was introduced in January, following negotiations between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government.
Ariane Burgess the Green MSP for Highlands & Islands said:
“Less than a year since the launch, I am delighted that so many young people in Highland have been able to benefit from free bus travel.
“I am very proud that Scotland is the first part of the UK to do this, and hope that others follow.
“It has been a big success and is opening up our community and our country for young people and their families.
“We want to ensure that public transport is always the first and best option.
“By boosting transport we can ensure that the young people of today enter into lifelong habits that will have a benefit and cut emissions for years to come.
“Transport shouldn’t cost the earth, and this is a vital change that is getting people out of cars while cutting pollution and supporting families during the worst cost crisis for generations.
“With Greens in government, this is just one of the steps that we are taking to build a more sustainable transport system, with £5 billion to improve and decarbonise our railways and record investment in walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure.
“I want as many young people as possible to benefit and would encourage those who have yet to do so to visit freebus.scot and register for their card today.”