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U-PASS Program Returns Today; Students, Faculty, Staff Ride Free

Published: August 16, 2010

CSULB’s Parking and Transportation Services has announced the return of the popular U-PASS program in partnership with Long Beach Transit (LBT). Beginning today and running through Dec. 23, all CSULB students, faculty and staff with a valid ID card will have access to any LBT bus or Passport for free rides throughout the campus and city. The program will also be in effect during the spring semester from Jan. 24-May 27.

“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. 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.

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“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.

If you have any questions regarding the U-PASS please visit the Parking, Transportation and Event Services Web site. For information on schedules and bus routes visit the Long Beach Transit Web site at www.lbtransit.com.

–Shayne Schroeder