Parking and Transportation Services to Subsidize U-PASSPublished: July 1, 2010
Long Beach Transit (LBT) officials announced that the widely successful U-PASS program for CSULB student, faculty and staff, which recently concluded, will resume on Aug. 16 to coincide with the start of the 2010-11 academic year. As of May 29, regular bus fares apply for all CSULB identification card holders.
However, beginning this week, faculty and staff will be able to purchase monthly passes for Long Beach Transit for $25. CSULB’s Parking and Transportation Services is subsidizing $40 of the regularly priced $65 monthly pass on LBT to help offset some of the costs for months not covered by the new contract. Students can get a monthly pass for a reduced rate from LBT, with proper campus identification card.
“We are excited to have been able to continue the program for next academic year,” said Mark Rudometkin, CSULB’s General Manager for Parking and Transportation Services. “The U-PASS has been a huge asset for the campus in enabling those who can use it to leave their vehicles at home and opening up spaces on the campus for those who need their vehicle for the commute to the university.
“While we would have liked to have continued the program year-round, the costs associated with that were just too high. We need to be fiscally responsible in maintaining a budget that also supports the on-campus shuttle program, our carpool rewards, Zimride and Zipcar and the other programs that make up our Sustainable Transportation department. We thank Long Beach Transit for making the efforts to come up with a program that will service the campus during the peak fall and spring semesters.”
The U-PASS Program, unveiled in 2008, saw CSULB pay an annual contract amount to allow current students, faculty and staff to ride all Long Beach Transit buses for free. Simply by swiping their CSULB identification card through the farebox, university customers can not only access the more than 30 bus stops on and around the CSULB Campus, but have better mobility throughout the City of Long Beach.
Because of a struggling economy and anticipated difficult budget years ahead for Long Beach Transit and CSULB, however, the U-PASS program has been scaled back to be in effect during the academic school year only. Free rides for CSULB identification card holders will begin for the fall semester from Aug. 16-Dec. 23 and for the spring semester from Jan. 24-May 27, 2011.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with CSULB for the upcoming school year,” said Larry Jackson, President and CEO of Long Beach Transit. “We have had tremendously positive feedback from students and staff, and are looking forward to another year of helping our University customers get wherever they need to go.”
Long Beach Transit serves more than 29 million boarding customers in Long Beach, Lakewood and Signal Hill—as well as portions of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach—with regular bus and shuttle services including the Passport, AquaBus, and AquaLink. For more information visit www.lbtransit.com.
For more information on the $40 subsidy provided by Parking and Transportation Services, call 562/985-4146.