Elected mayor Dan Jarvis has announced plans to reduce bus and tram fares for under 21s to 80p to help young people access jobs in recovery from the Pandemic.
The plans are due to start in June and will remain for a year. The discount is eligible for anyone before their 22nd birthday.
The Mayor and Council hope that this will give young people a “helping hand” when accessing training and jobs.
Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “Our young people have been hit hard by the pandemic and these measures will play a significant role in ensuring no young person in South Yorkshire is left behind.
“Despite the Government turning its back on our young people … we are backing our young people and investing in their future.”
Laura Simonsen, a first year student at the University of Sheffield, said: “There will be so many more opportunities now being able to afford the bus especially on a student budget.”
The action is part of a £23.45 million supportive action to tackle young people’s unemployment rates in South Yorkshire.
The unemployment benefits claimant count of 16-24 year olds is higher in South Yorkshire than the rate nationally.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s essential that we do everything in our power to support them as we move out of lockdown.
“Not being able to afford to get to work is a barrier no young person should face in 2021.”
The council also hope that these measures will encourage travel to leisure and hospitality venues once restrictions relax.