Long Beach Transit, CSULB Team Up for U-PASS Partnership Offering Free Bus Rides for Students, Faculty and Staff through Sept. 30
Officials at CSULB and Long Beach Transit have announced a month-long partnership program that allows current students, faculty and staff at the campus to ride unlimited all Long Beach Transit buses and Passport shuttles for free by swiping their CSULB ID cards through fareboxes from now through Sept. 30.
The “U-Pass Transit Partnership” is a response to continuing high gas prices and an expected increase in on-campus parking congestion at CSULB when classes begin for the 2008 fall semester. Officials hope the program will help ease the beginning-of-the-semester parking crunch.
“We have been working on the U-Pass initiative for the better part of the past 18 months,” said CSULB Vice President of Student Services Doug Robinson. “The U-Pass Program provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce our students and campus community to an alternative mode of transportation that may help alleviate some of the parking issues we face and may also help students save money that may have been expended on gas.”
At the end of the free-ride trial, students will be offered monthly Long Beach Transit student passes for $31 — 38 percent lower than the regular $50 monthly pass. These passes are available at the University Bookstore.
“Everybody can and should take advantage of this program,” said Associated Students' Treasurer Brian Troutner. “Students shouldn't have to leave for school two hours early just to find parking.”
Not only will riding Long Beach Transit save riders money, it will help reduce global warming. Changing a 10-mile commute from car to bus twice a week for three months will reduce CO2 emissions by 219 pounds.
“There has already been so much enthusiasm and excitement from the student body about this program,” said Marcelle Epley, Long Beach Transit marketing manager. “Riding the bus saves money on gas and parking fees and helps to clean up our environment.”
Long Beach Transit has several stops on and around the CSULB campus, and serves the communities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and parts of Artesia, Bellflower, Carson, Cerritos, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Norwalk, Paramount and Seal Beach.
For dorm-living students, Long Beach Transit is an easy way to get off campus. For more information, log on to the Long Beach Transit Web site to find the best route using the Trip Planner, or call Long Beach Transit’s Customer Information line at 562/591-2301.