CHANGING school bus times could see cheaper fares for young people in Lincolnshire.
Stagecoach East Midlands is to investigate staggering bus arrivals and departures – meaning fewer vehicles could make more pick-ups.
This was just one of a number of ideas discussed at a youth transport conference in Sleaford.
It was also announced that Stagecoach has standardised the adult fare threshold to 16 across the county.
An on-demand community bus service for young people is to be investigated and a youth transport Facebook group set up.
Council officers joined people from transport companies and the voluntary sector at the conference hosted by Joseph Hayat, 17, a Member of the UK Youth Parliament representing Sleaford and North Hykeham.
"The purpose of the conference was to assess how we can find solutions for these aims without any Government funding such as subsidies," said Joseph, who lives in Sleaford and attends the joint sixth form in the town.
"Furthermore, it is hoped that by integrating all three sectors we can encourage better communication and develop a strong and lasting partnership that deals with the issues we face constructively and gives the public customer satisfaction.
"I want young people to have better access to transport that is affordable and gives them the helping hand they want to get into employment."
Kirsty Sinclair, 17, a shop assistant of Ruskington who works in Sleaford, agreed that rural public transport needs improving.
She said: "I normally use the trains, but I work until 9pm on Wednesdays, when there are no trains, so I have to rely on a lift or get a taxi.
"On a Sunday there is no public transport.
"I have walked back in the past on a Sunday.
"I used a taxi the other Sunday to get home and that cost me a double rate of £13.
"If I used one both ways on a Sunday, that would be my entire day's wages spent on getting to and from work.
"I passed my test last year and once my car is on the road I'll be using that instead of the train.
"I think the best way to improve public transport would be to make it cheaper and more regular for young people as not everyone has a car."
Commercial director of Stagecoach East Midlands Dave Skepper said the company was keen to improve services.
"Young people are our customer today, and hopefully we can keep them as customers going forward," he said.
Paul Harvey, principal transport officer at the county council, said the authority was keen to continue working with others to iron out travel issues.