University

Starkville-MSU transit named ‘System of the Year’

Posted on December 21, 2015

An Old Main Express Trolley is part of the transportation fleet that makes up the Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit, also known as S.M.A.R.T. system. S.M.A.R.T. is being recognized as Transportation System of the Year by the Mississippi Public Transit Association. (Photo by Russ Houston)
An Old Main Express Trolley is part of the transportation fleet that makes up the Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit, also known as S.M.A.R.T. system. S.M.A.R.T. is being recognized as Transportation System of the Year by the Mississippi Public Transit Association. (Photo by Russ Houston)

The Starkville-MSU Area Rapid Transit — also known as S.M.A.R.T. — is being recognized as Transportation System of the Year by the Mississippi Public Transit Association.

The state award cites the S.M.A.R.T. system for excellence and “for your efforts in working with local officials in removing isolation barriers to education, employment, medical and recreational services by providing safe, affordable and accessible mobility options for residents in your service area.”

S.M.A.R.T. is a free community bus transit system connecting the Mississippi State campus with Starkville’s residential and commercial hubs. A Mississippi Department of Transportation grant enabled the university to partner with the local community and expand the traditional campus shuttle system to include new campus-community routes.

VP for Campus Services Amy Tuck said since the system launched in January 2014, officials have made adjustments and expansions to best serve the university and local community.

“This recognition is very gratifying to all who have been a part of taking a very good system and continuously looking for ways to improve our services,” Tuck said.

Jeremiah Dumas, MSU director of parking, transit and sustainability, said the S.M.A.R.T. system had its one-millionth rider in July 2015. He said 25% of those who utilize the system are based in the community, with the most riders on campus utilizing the Greek route. The central route is the second busiest.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, a new route from Starkville to the Golden Triangle Regional Airport will be added.

Dumas emphasized that the S.M.A.R.T. buses operate year-round and are only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Many MSU students and local residents rely on the transportation to get to critical destinations, like work, grocery stores and health care, he said.

“When you see the reliance on the S.M.A.R.T. system and know that we’re impacting people’s quality of life in the community, that’s when you know you’re making a difference,” Dumas said.

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

More News

University of Illinois launches mobile payment platform for parking

MobileMeter, a mobile pay parking app powered by passport, allows users to monitor parking sessions, extend parking sessions remotely, view payment history, and receive email receipts.

LANTA to provide free rides for Lehigh University students, staff

The authority and university have agreed on a reimbursement rate per trip taken.

Ohio's TARTA reaches agreement to provide university shuttle services

There are 16 Ohio colleges and universities with similar partnerships with their regional transit authorities, however, UT’s agreement with TARTA is unique in that faculty and staff also benefit with free access to community bus routes.

ASU student liked public transit so much he sold his car

Last summer, while traveling in Munich, Ryan Wadding saw how simple and enjoyable public transit and walking can be.

Fla. students tour Palm Tran facilities

The tour was part of Garrett A. Morgan Shadow Day, an event celebrating African American achievements in transit.

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