- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - High school students in Providence are calling on the city’s mayor to reduce the minimum distance students must walk to school to qualify for a bus pass.

Students rallied Tuesday at Providence City Hall, marching for five miles past Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office. The Providence Student Union says this represents the roundtrip distance more than 1,000 students in Providence walk to and from school each day.

They say Elorza promised while campaigning last year to reduce the minimum distance to two miles, but that hasn’t happened. Currently, a student must live at least 2.5 miles from school to qualify for a bus pass.

Elorza says he looks forward to meeting with the students to talk about immediate steps, such as offering students reprieve during inclement weather or partnering with RIPTA.

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