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Updated: 10/04/2013 06:48:40PM

COLTS kicked off

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Leroy was joined by Polk County Commission Chairman Melony Bell and Transit Authority Board Chairman Keith Merritt at the official kick-off of the COLTS free bus ride program.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Polk County Transit Director Tom Philips and Harrison School of the Arts student Ca'Rinthya Johnson talked about the COLTS program Monday.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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Dozens of Polk County high school students joined a cadre of city, county and transit officials Monday as they formally launched a program that lets the students ride county public transit system buses free.

Only the second such program in the nation, the COLTS, or Community of Learning Transportation Services, program is free to any high schooler whose parents have signed a permission slip OKing their use of the public transportation system.

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