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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.