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

Virginia Commonwealth U. retrofits 70% of fleet to propane

The liquid propane conversion marks the first significant step VCU Parking and Transportation has taken in efforts to operate a more sustainable fleet. It puts the university one step closer to its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below business-as-usual emissions by 2025.

U. of Colorado, Denver RTD reach naming rights agreement

Contract will cover the A Line commuter rail from Union Station to Denver International Airport (scheduled for 2016 opening), as well as ads on the Flatiron Flyer bus rapid transit line that runs along US 36 from Union Station to Boulder.

Oklahoma State U. adds 3 MCI D4500 CNGs

Beyond valuing the environmental benefits, OSU likes the lower costs associated with CNG and the riding comfort of the MCI D4500 coach.

Student usage fuels Riverside Transit's ridership growth

The agency reported nearly 1.6 million student boardings at six schools — UC Riverside, Cal Baptist University, La Sierra University Mt. San Jacinto College, Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College — in fiscal 2015.

S. Texas college, Valley Metro partnership expands bus routes

The JagExpress connects all five of the college’s campuses, provides free Wi-Fi and is free to students, faculty and staff with a valid identification.

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 resource for managers of class 1-7 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