Brent Jones, Baltimore Sun, May 22, 2008
Maryland Transit Administration officials are offering discount cards for area businesses to students who pledge good behavior on city buses, an incentive that transit administrators hope will help curb disrespectful and violent behavior.
The discount card will offer 10 percent to 20 percent off purchases at 12 city establishments, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Cold Stone Creamery, Shoe City, Downtown Locker Room and other places.
MTA administrators registered students for the first time yesterday at the Johns Hopkins Metro Station, where about 100 took the pledge, according to spokeswoman Jawauna Greene.
This summer, MTA drivers will attend various festivals to register students, including the African American Heritage Festival, Artscape and the state fair, as well as Baltimore public schools events.
Transit officials began working on the initiative shortly after a woman was attacked on a city bus in December. A Baltimore juvenile court judge found five Robert Poole Middle School students responsible in the December attack on bus passenger Sarah Kreager and her boyfriend.