5 More Years of FREE Bus Service for MSJC Students

MSJC STUDENTS VOTE TO CONTINUE GO-PASS PROGRAM Popular program provides students with unlimited rides on RTA buses RIVERSIDE, CA — Apri...

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MSJC STUDENTS VOTE TO CONTINUE GO-PASS PROGRAM

Popular program provides students with unlimited rides on RTA buses

RIVERSIDE, CA — April 15, 2011 — In a landslide vote, students at Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) have said yes to extending the popular Go-Pass program, which puts them in a position to get unlimited rides on Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses for the next five years.

Eighty-five percent of voting students district wide approved an initiative that authorized the MSJC board of trustees to implement a $6 fee per semester to subsidize the Go-Pass program, which was slated to end in August when current funding expires. More than 800 students voted during the four-day election, which ended Thursday, and included for the first time on-line voting.

The program’s expansion will not be official until the district’s trustees authorize the fee, which could happen during their May meeting.

“Students have sent a strong message that they value this program and are eager for it to continue,” said RTA

Chairman of the Board Bob Buster. “The Go-Pass program has exceeded our expectations and we are pleased that a growing number of students are choosing RTA for their travel needs.”

Launched in August of 2010, the MSJC Go-Pass Program enabled registered students to ride RTA’s fixed-route and CommuterLink buses for free by flashing their student identification cards. A college survey conducted prior to the program’s launch showed that only one-half of 1 percent of MSJC students used the bus, or 103 of the college’s 21,000 students. Since then, ridership has hovered around 20,000 student boardings each month.