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Cal State Students Get Free Ride to College

Omnitrans Go Smart Program Returns to CSUSB for 2013-14

San Bernardino, CA – Students at California State University, San Bernardino can get a free ride to college thanks to the Go Smart program that offers them unlimited rides just by swiping their college IDs on Omnitrans’ buses.  Beginning Wednesday, September 11, students enrolled for the fall quarter can climb aboard any Omnitrans bus route for free.

The campus currently is served by four Omnitrans bus routes, 2, 5, 7, 11.  Coming in April 2014, the new sbX bus rapid transit line will provide frequent weekday service to the CSUSB station located at the University’s main entrance. 

“We are proud to be partnering with Omnitrans on the sbX line to bring rapid transit service to our campus,” said Bob Gardner, CSUSB vice president of administration and finance. “When the San Bernardino Transit Center project is completed in 2015, the direct connection between sbX and Metrolink will greatly expand commuting options for our students.”

The new Omnitrans sbX BRT station at Cal State University San Bernardino

CSUSB participated in the Go Smart pilot program in 2011-12.  During that year, over 194,000 bus trips were tallied by more than 3,000 students who used the program, which represented about 17 percent of enrollment.   But funding challenges kept the University from continuing Go Smart the following year.

“The Associated Students Inc. are partially responsible for bringing the Go Smart program back to CSUSB students again this year,” Gardner said. “We’re thankful for ASI’s funding support and valuable partnership with Omnitrans and the university.”

“We applaud ASI and the Administration at CSUSB for supporting a program that saves students money and saves our environment,” said Omnitrans Director of Marketing Wendy Williams. “Just one student riding one day on transit instead of driving eliminates 20 lbs. of carbon emissions.  Plus, students can expect to save over $2,800 per year in auto, fuel, and parking expenses by switching to transit.”

Students can use their college ID card to ride Omnitrans at any time on any route, not just trips to and from campus.  ID cards are swiped in the fare box on board buses which allows the agency to capture usage data by school, by route and even individual ID.

Without Go Smart college students would have to pay $1.50 per trip or $4.00 for a one-day pass to ride the bus; 7-day passes are $15 and 31-day passes are $47.

Other area colleges participating in the Omnitrans Go Smart program include Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, Chaffey College, Crafton Hills College, and San Bernardino Valley College. During the 2012-13 academic year, students at these partner schools took over 1.4 million bus trips.

Omnitrans offers personalized trip planning at 1-800-9-OMNIBUS or online at www.omnitrans.org.  Information about the sbX project is available at: www.omnitrans-sbx.org.

Youth Pass to replace Student Pass


FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why is Omnitrans replacing Student passes with Youth passes?
A:  Any person age 18 and under will qualify for the Youth pass.  This age based discount is similar to what most neighboring transit agencies offer and helps minimize on board fare disputes.  Many older students who attend one of our “Go Smart” partner schools still get a discount. 

Q:  When will the new Youth pass take effect and the Student pass be eliminated?
A:  The Youth fare effective date is September 3, 2013. Any Student pass activated on board prior to September 3 will still be accepted.  Old Student passes may still be used for the first time after September 3, but only by persons 18 and under.

Q: How much will the Youth pass cost?
A:  The Youth pass will be the same price as the current student pass.

  • A 7-Day Youth pass will be $11.
  • A 31-Day Youth pass will be $35

Q:  How old do you have to be to use the Youth pass?
A:  The Youth pass is designated for persons ages 18 and younger. Proof of age may be requested by the driver.

Q: What type of ID is acceptable for proof of age?
A:  A driver’s license, an official California ID card or an elementary, middle or high school ID card are all acceptable. Persons obviously under 18 will not be challenged.  However, teenagers should be prepared to provide proof of age or current high school ID.

Q: Will I still be able to use the Student passes I’ve already purchased?
A: Any Student pass activated on board prior to September 3 will be accepted.  Only persons 18 and under may activate (use for first time) an old Student pass beginning on September 3.  You may exchange unused Student passes through September 30th at Omnitrans headquarters, 1700 West 5th Street, San Bernardino. Call  909-379-7100 for information.

Q: Can I exchange passes on the bus or at a pass outlet?
A: No. Passes may only be exchanged at the Omnitrans San Bernardino office.

Q:  Will discounts still be available for older students over 18?
A.   Many older students who attend one of our “Go Smart” partner schools still get a discount.   In the Go Smart program, students and/or schools pay a per student transportation fee to Omnitrans that allows them unlimited free rides with their student ID. Schools that currently participate in Go Smart:

  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Chaffey College
  • The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire

Q:  Why isn’t my college listed as a Go Smart participant?
A:
  The Go Smart program requires a fee agreement between Omnitrans and the school. Let your school officials know that you are interested in having your school adopt the Go Smart program and ask them to contact Omnitrans marketing director Wendy Williams for more information at wendy.williams@omnitrans.org or 909-379-7151.

Q:  I’m a student but am not eligible for either Go Smart or a Youth pass. Will I still be able to get a discount?
A:  If you are over 18 years-old and not attending a Go Smart school, you will have to pay full fare.  Save compared to the $1.50 cash fare by purchasing a 1, 7 or 31-day pass.

  • 1-Day full fare pass: $4
  • 7-Day full fare pass: $15
  • 31-Day full fare pass: $47

 

Go Smart program summer update

Great news! The Go Smart college pass program continues through July for students who were registered during the Spring 2013 semester at ChaffeyCrafton Hills and Valley Colleges!

Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and Valley Colleges

  • IDs from students enrolled in the prior Spring semester are accepted for the month of July.
  • Summer-only students are not included.
  • IDs from students registered for Fall 2013 will be accepted beginning August 1st    
  • The list of accepted IDs is provided by the colleges.  Students must contact the college directly if there is a problem.

Art Institute of California-Inland Empire

  • Student IDs are not considered passes – a separate pass must be obtained at the Campus Store.
  • All passes from previous quarters need to be renewed by visiting the Campus Store.
  • If your pass reads “error” or “invalid” when swiped, visit the Cage to get the card re-coded.
  • Any questions about the GoSmart Program at The Art Institute – visit Student Affairs.

Go Smart website for Chaffey College students

Good news for Chaffey College students who are taking advantage of the Go Smart College Pass program!

Chaffey’s Admissions & Records Department has established an online resource to field any questions or concerns you may have regarding Go Smart. Although the college has no specific person or telephone line dedicated to the program, the web page does provide a contact email and an online problem report form to help resolve any issues that might arise. Emails and problem reports are monitored daily.

You can visit the Chaffey College Go Smart page at:
http://www.chaffey.edu/gosmart/index.shtml

About GoSmart
With the Go Smart program, students at participating colleges pay a $7.50 transportation fee as part of their college fees at the beginning of each semester which allows them to ride the bus for free with their student ID throughout the year.

Community College Students Go Smart with Omnitrans

Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and San Bernardino Valley College

The popular Go Smart program will continue for Chaffey, Crafton Hills, and San Bernardino Valley College students this fall, enabling them to enjoy unlimited bus rides on Omnitrans with their student ID cards. Last spring these students voted to fund the program by assessing themselves a small transportation fee each semester as part of their regular student fees.

A list of currently enrolled student IDs  is provided to Omnitrans by these participating colleges. Students must contact their college directly if there is a problem with their ID  cards.

The Art Institute

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is currently participating in the Go Smart pilot program. Instead of ID cards, students at the Institute must obtain a separate pass from the campus store. Passes from previous quarters must also be renewed at the campus store in order to be valid. If you have any questions about the Go Smart program at the Art Institute, visit Student Affairs for more information.

Cal State San Bernardino

The CSUSB Go Smart pilot program ended on June 30th, and there is currently no program to replace it. If this program is important to you and you would like to see it renewed, please contact Associated Students Inc. (ASI) by calling 909-537-5932 or 909-537-5930. You can also email the ASI at asi-pres@causb.edu or visit them on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/asi.csusb. Thank you for your patience.