University

Web Extra: Cal State Long Beach shuttle solves transportation, safety issues

Posted on December 13, 2010

[IMAGE]CSULB-Shuttle-demo-full-2.jpg[/IMAGE]Set in an urban environment with parking on one side of campus and classes on the other, it was important for California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to provide an effective shuttle service that could both transport students, faculty and staff and improve campus safety.

"[Our shuttle services] provides safe and efficient transportation from remote parking areas to educational, residential and public transit centers," explained Elissa Thomas, sustainable transportation coordinator at CSULB. "It also reduces emissions, parking and traffic congestion by reducing short trips around the campus."

CSULB has eight shuttles — most of which are All Star shuttles from Starcraft Bus, a division of Forest River Inc. — that provide transportation services to 40,000 students, faculty and staff throughout the 324-acre campus as well as transportation to and from CSULB's Residential Learning College, which is located one and a half miles west of the main campus, Thomas said. The service is provided by San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based Silverado Stages, which also has a location in Long Beach.

Shuttle days and hours vary according to campus safety needs, days and hours of operation of campus facilities and demand for service. To improve safety during the late evening hours, the system is available to students until midnight, however, use of the shuttles generally subsides around 10 p.m., with peak times occurring Monday through Thursday during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

CSULB's shuttle services are provided by the Rideshare Sustainable Transportation Program, which falls under the Police and Parking Department.

"All shuttle services and the U-PASS program are paid for entirely though citation revenue — none of the money comes from student tuition or student fees," said Thomas.

Students, faculty and staff are also able to use U-PASS and ride for free throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters on any Long Beach Transit bus.

CSULB also recently added a system called Syncromatics, which has greatly improved shuttle customer service and safety as well as administrative operations, said Thomas.  

"You can view the system live, in real time, at http://csulbshuttle.com. Any passenger or service administrator can see from their computer or cell phone exactly where your shuttle is, how full it is and how many minutes it will take to reach the next few stops on the route," she explained. "The administrative portal also has playback capability to accurately investigate any service issues or questions that may arise."

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

MIT students win first round of SpaceX Hyperloop contest

Beating out a field of more than 100 other teams from around the world, the group of MIT graduate students won the best overall design award for a vehicle, or pod, that will ride inside the Hyperloop, a system of tubes connecting major cities.

U. of Nebraska-Lincoln policy prohibits electronic device use while driving

New distracted driving policy prohibits drivers from “creating, sending or reviewing text messages or email, accessing the Internet for any purpose, electronic gaming and reading any printed material on an electronic device or in paper form while operating a university motor vehicle.

Seattle's rail extension to U. of Washington opening in March

Will open ahead of schedule and more than $150 million under budget. Finalizing the launch of U Link includes finishing staff training and acquiring safety certification from the FTA.

New Sound Transit light rail stations close to completion

Commuters will soon be able to go from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington in about eight minutes.

U. of Utah shuttle driver dies after accident

Officials believe the driver likely experienced some kind of medical condition and crashed into a wall while the bus was being moved for cleaning.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close