University

Calif. college extends transit pass program

Posted on April 25, 2011

Students at Calif.-based Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) voted overwhelmingly to extend the popular Go-Pass program, which puts them in a position to get unlimited rides on Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses for the next five years.

Eighty-five percent of voting students district-wide approved an initiative that authorized the MSJC board of trustees to implement a $6 fee per semester to subsidize the Go-Pass program, which was slated to end in August when current funding expires. More than 800 students voted during the four-day election.

"Students have sent a strong message that they value this program and are eager for it to continue," said RTA Chairman of the Board Bob Buster. "The Go-Pass program has exceeded our expectations and we are pleased that a growing number of students are choosing RTA for their travel needs."

Launched in August of 2010, the MSJC Go-Pass Program enabled registered students to ride RTA's fixed-route and CommuterLink buses for free by flashing their student identification cards. A college survey conducted prior to the program's launch showed that only one-half of 1 percent of MSJC students used the bus, or 103 of the college's 21,000 students. Since then, ridership has hovered around 20,000 student boardings each month.

During the program's first year, RTA partnered with the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, San Jacinto, Temecula and Wildomar and the County of Riverside to use state air quality improvement funds to fuel the program. Beginning this fall, it could be the students themselves who will subsidize the transit program.

MSJC is part of a growing list of colleges and universities offering Go-Pass or U-Pass programs, including UC Riverside, Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University, Moreno Valley College and Riverside City College.

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

More News

Transdev now operating shuttle ops for Florida Polytechnic U.

The new campus shuttle operation features two routes now and is expected to grow in the coming years as the university expands enrollment.

U. of Mich., partners with Chinese firms to study autonomous vehicles

The university’s $27 million collaboration with Frontt Capital Management, a Shenzhen-based investment firm, will establish a joint research center for intelligent vehicles at the university and a robotics laboratory on North Campus.

Transdev to operate, maintain N.C. State's campus shuttle service

The university will purchase 40 buses, creating an entirely new fleet to serve the 41,000 students and staff on three campuses, with Transdev set to employ a staff of 77 people for the $7.6 million annual contract.

U. of Kentucky's transit pass program surpasses 1 million rides

The BluPass program — funded by Parking and Transportation Services — was implemented to decrease single-occupancy vehicle use, give students and employees more choices in transportation options and to ultimately reduce campus parking demand.

Campus' on-demand transit system 'mashes up' Uber, fixed-route, light rail

Passengers could be trying out the new "hub-and-shuttle" system on the University of Michigan's North Campus as soon as summer 2017.

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