LAKELAND, Fla. — As part of a partnership that lets students ride transit buses for free, Polk Transit Authority and Southeastern University unveiled a new bus to kick off the service, The Ledger.com reported. For the full story, click here.
One complication that arose in the process is BART’s unwillingness to pay for a $1.5 million reprogramming of Clipper cards to recognize the student discount.
The project, which began in 2011, was prompted by unprecedented campus growth resulting in heightened demand for parking in Platteville.
The Hub City Hopper, based in downtown Spartanburg will serve students living on campus or residents near University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College or Wofford College.
The fleet is made up of three 12-passenger shuttles operating on campus routes and three eight-passenger transit “taxis” that will be driven by campus security.
They will now have the option of purchasing discounted COTA monthly fares for local routes via pre-tax payroll deduction. After enrolling in payroll deduction, the program will require participating employees to obtain a new BuckID and “swipe it” for unlimited access to local COTA fixed routes, beginning May 1, 2015.
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