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Published on August 5, 2009

Author: ReginaldJames

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"Get on the Bus! Increasing access to education through public transportation" was presented at the Student Convergence of the 7th Annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference at Cal State San Luis Obispo.

The presentation documents efforts to implement a Universal Transit Pass program for the Peralta Colleges. Selected U-Pass programs highlighting partnerships between transit agencies and universities/colleges are also included.

Get on the Bus! Improving college access through mass transit. Reginald James Former Peralta CCD Student Trustee AC Transit External Affairs Intern Sunday, August 3, 2008 trusteejames@gmail.com rjames@actransit.org

Why should you care about transit? Mobility choices Attracts residents Air quality improvement Reducing congestion More efficient land use Urban vitality Public safety

Mobility choices

Attracts residents

Air quality improvement

Reducing congestion

More efficient land use

Urban vitality

Public safety

Introducing transit lingo Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) Universe Ridership Deep group discount

Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass)

Universe

Ridership

Deep group discount

Introducing transit lingo (continued) Revenue-neutral Unique users Unique riders Boardings (insertions)

Revenue-neutral

Unique users

Unique riders

Boardings (insertions)

How do students benefit from transit? Students save money Eliminates fare box barrier Reduce parking congestion Sense of belonging and inclusion

Students save money

Eliminates fare box barrier

Reduce parking congestion

Sense of belonging and inclusion

How do colleges benefit? Improved student retention Increased enrollment Reduced parking lot congestion Increase morale among employees

Improved student retention

Increased enrollment

Reduced parking lot congestion

Increase morale among employees

How do transit agencies benefit? Guaranteed source of revenue Increase ridership Ability to gauge specific ridership/patterns Improves overall transit service

Guaranteed source of revenue

Increase ridership

Ability to gauge specific ridership/patterns

Improves overall transit service

How does community benefit? Reduce traffic congestion Improved air quality Expansion of transit service Schedule and route information New bus shelters/transit hubs

Reduce traffic congestion

Improved air quality

Expansion of transit service

Schedule and route information

New bus shelters/transit hubs

Negative impacts Loss of parking revenue Crowding on buses (off-set by prpaid nature of program) Withdrawal from oil addiction

Loss of parking revenue

Crowding on buses (off-set by prpaid nature of program)

Withdrawal from oil addiction

Model programs UMASS Began in early 1960s Partnership between UMASS and Pioneer Valley (Springfiled-Amherst Area) Transit Authority Connects Amherst, MA with five colleges: Umass-Amherst, Hampshire, Amherst College, Smith and Mount Holyoke. Funded by: local, state and federal governments and five universities program serves Program is free for residents, students, faculty/staff.

UMASS

Began in early 1960s

Partnership between UMASS and Pioneer Valley (Springfiled-Amherst Area) Transit Authority

Connects Amherst, MA with five colleges: Umass-Amherst, Hampshire, Amherst College, Smith and Mount Holyoke.

Funded by: local, state and federal governments and five universities program serves

Program is free for residents, students, faculty/staff.

Where will the money come from? General funds Parking and transportation revenue Associated students Mandatory student fee Municipalities Special districts Federal earmarks and other grants

General funds

Parking and transportation revenue

Associated students

Mandatory student fee

Municipalities

Special districts

Federal earmarks and other grants

Types of programs Opt-in: Opt-out: Mandatory:

Opt-in:

Opt-out:

Mandatory:

Cal Poly (PolyCard) Arrangement between Cal Poly and City of San Luis Obispo, students, faculty and staff with valid PolyCard to ride buses for free.

Arrangement between Cal Poly and City of San Luis Obispo, students, faculty and staff with valid PolyCard to ride buses for free.

Sacramento State (OneCard) Agreement between Sacramento State and Regional Transit (Sacramento) where students take unlimited rides.

San Jose State (TowerCard)

University of California UC Transportation Programs

UC Riverside September 2006 (expires August 30, 2008) Originally intended for just Crest Cruiser, now students can ride all RTA routes w/o paying fare Since inception, 5,000 UCR students riding over 180,000 times Ridership increased from 70,000 (FY 07) to 110,000 (through May 2008) UCR reimburses RTA from $.60 per-trip to $.75 per-trip maximum cap of $32 per student per month. Unique students grew 60% Boarding increased 70% Employees get 50% discount on service

September 2006 (expires August 30, 2008)

Originally intended for just Crest Cruiser, now students can ride all RTA routes w/o paying fare

Since inception, 5,000 UCR students riding over 180,000 times

Ridership increased from 70,000 (FY 07) to 110,000 (through May 2008)

UCR reimburses RTA from $.60 per-trip to $.75 per-trip maximum cap of $32 per student per month.

Unique students grew 60%

Boarding increased 70%

Employees get 50% discount on service

UC Santa Barbara Has been around since the 1970s Students get unlimited rides on SBMTD All students pay $9 10% (2000) of students use it, 90% (18,000) subsidize the pass No opt-out, mandatory

Has been around since the 1970s

Students get unlimited rides on SBMTD

All students pay $9

10% (2000) of students use it, 90% (18,000) subsidize the pass

No opt-out, mandatory

UC Riverside Program in third year RTA took over responsibility for campus shuttle (Crest Cruiser/line 51) Opened up RTA to all routes Funded through TAP No charge to students

Program in third year

RTA took over responsibility for campus shuttle (Crest Cruiser/line 51)

Opened up RTA to all routes

Funded through TAP

No charge to students

UC Berkeley (Class Pass) Conversations began in 1990 Students began to receive discounted passes for $80 (only 1,800 sold) Price increased to $145 in 1997 (600 sold) Prices lowered, UC subsidizes $50,000 Student referendum in 1999 (30% turnout, 89% approval)

Conversations began in 1990

Students began to receive discounted passes for $80 (only 1,800 sold)

Price increased to $145 in 1997 (600 sold)

Prices lowered, UC subsidizes $50,000

Student referendum in 1999 (30% turnout, 89% approval)

Class Pass Funding 1999 referendum set (“tax”) price at $10 per semester for all students Unlimited access to AC Transit 2001 referendum set price at $34.50 for two years; $37.50 for next two years (four year agreement) Currently Class Pass costs $58.50 per semester Monthly adult pass $70/month

1999 referendum set (“tax”) price at $10 per semester for all students

Unlimited access to AC Transit

2001 referendum set price at $34.50 for two years; $37.50 for next two years (four year agreement)

Currently Class Pass costs $58.50 per semester

Monthly adult pass $70/month

California Community Colleges

Los Rios Program started in 2005 Full-time students pay $15 for semester-long, five-month pass (regularly $85/month or $425 per semester) Unlimited rides on Regional Transit (RT) light-rail and buses Funded from general funds/parking and transportation fees

Program started in 2005

Full-time students pay $15 for semester-long, five-month pass (regularly $85/month or $425 per semester)

Unlimited rides on Regional Transit (RT) light-rail and buses

Funded from general funds/parking and transportation fees

Los Rios Obstacle Estimated ridership: 400,000 annual ridership Actual Ridership: 1.4 million (an additional million) Low-income students were not paying for service but used service California Ed. Code exempts low income students from paying fee to keep colleges affordable

Estimated ridership: 400,000 annual ridership

Actual Ridership: 1.4 million (an additional million)

Low-income students were not paying for service but used service

California Ed. Code exempts low income students from paying fee to keep colleges affordable

Rio Hondo Research began in 2005 Dean wanted to show that students spent more on transportation than for books Brought transportation companies to table and got discount Used bond funds initially Paid $70-$75,000 for 2000 passes. Program was free for full-time students

Research began in 2005

Dean wanted to show that students spent more on transportation than for books

Brought transportation companies to table and got discount

Used bond funds initially

Paid $70-$75,000 for 2000 passes.

Program was free for full-time students

Special Legislation Needed Authorize district allow students to vote in majority of self-assessed fee Governor threatened to veto bill (election year) Specialized for Los Rios and Rio Hondo

Authorize district allow students to vote in majority of self-assessed fee

Governor threatened to veto bill (election year)

Specialized for Los Rios and Rio Hondo

Los Rios and Rio Hondo Student Referendum Los Rios Fall 2006 Yes­–92% Mandatory $15 fee for all students. PT students pay less. Spring 2008 Yes–%65 (297) No­ %35 (115) Exemptions: BOG, online students, veterans and vet’s dependents, community service, high schools.

Los Rios

Fall 2006

Yes­–92%

Mandatory $15 fee for all students. PT students pay less.

Spring 2008

Yes–%65 (297) No­ %35 (115)

Exemptions: BOG, online students, veterans and vet’s dependents, community service, high schools.

Meanwhile in Oakland…

Peralta Students In May 2005, AC Transit considers fee increases Looking at UC Berkeley model we begin to ask, “Why can’t we get discounts?” Elected President of Black Caucus of CalSACC In 2001, students demanded subsidization of bus passes, according to LT Late-Trustee Susan Duncan and AC Transit Director Chris Peeples had conversations Groups never coalesced, plus funding always issue

In May 2005, AC Transit considers fee increases

Looking at UC Berkeley model we begin to ask, “Why can’t we get discounts?”

Elected President of Black Caucus of CalSACC

In 2001, students demanded subsidization of bus passes, according to LT

Late-Trustee Susan Duncan and AC Transit Director Chris Peeples had conversations

Groups never coalesced, plus funding always issue

Spring/Summer 2006 Elected to Peralta Board of Trustees Met with Peralta Chancellor Wrote Peralta Pass essay (position paper)

Elected to Peralta Board of Trustees

Met with Peralta Chancellor

Wrote Peralta Pass essay (position paper)

Fall 2006 Met with other Trustees (met with resistance/encouragement) Campaigning trustee sees Initial meeting with AC Transit and Peralta CCD

Met with other Trustees (met with resistance/encouragement)

Campaigning trustee sees

Initial meeting with AC Transit and Peralta CCD

Spring 2007 Project stalled due to: Lack of Peralta staffing Lack of funding source But Student Trustees re-elected

Project stalled due to:

Lack of Peralta staffing

Lack of funding source

But Student Trustees re-elected

First-year strengths and weaknesses Lack of student involvement In adequate Peralta commitment from student services staff Discussion of program, conversation begun

Lack of student involvement

In adequate Peralta commitment from student services staff

Discussion of program, conversation begun

Fall 2008 Chancellor puts $500,000 on the table Student leadership not active; grassroots effort to inform students Survey of students Student Services staff assigned

Chancellor puts $500,000 on the table

Student leadership not active; grassroots effort to inform students

Survey of students

Student Services staff assigned

Six-question survey Which of the Peralta Colleges fo you attend? How do you get to college? If you currently take AC Transit, do you have to transfer from one or more buses to get to college? Would you be interested in purchasing a Peralta –supported transit pass that would allow you unlimited AC Transit bus use during the semester? What time frame would most interested you in a Peratla-supported transit pass? What is the most you would be willing to pay for a Peralta-supported transit pass each semester?

Which of the Peralta Colleges fo you attend?

How do you get to college?

If you currently take AC Transit, do you have to transfer from one or more buses to get to college?

Would you be interested in purchasing a Peralta –supported transit pass that would allow you unlimited AC Transit bus use during the semester?

What time frame would most interested you in a Peratla-supported transit pass?

What is the most you would be willing to pay for a Peralta-supported transit pass each semester?

November 2007 Initial survey results Board comments Student testimony on behalf of program Began classroom presentations

Initial survey results

Board comments

Student testimony on behalf of program

Began classroom presentations

December 2007 Item put in informational reports section (couldn’t be voted on) Meeting with Chancellor and Sandre Swanson’s staff Initiated electronic letter writing campaign

Item put in informational reports section (couldn’t be voted on)

Meeting with Chancellor and Sandre Swanson’s staff

Initiated electronic letter writing campaign

Getting Board support Legislation initiated Students continue to come to Board meetings Item pulled from Board agenda (did not have the votes) Background bickering over health fee/transportation fee Intensify efforts to get students involved

Legislation initiated

Students continue to come to Board meetings

Item pulled from Board agenda (did not have the votes)

Background bickering over health fee/transportation fee

Intensify efforts to get students involved

Peralta College Transportation Accessibility Act AB 1980 introduced in February (amended in March) Asm. Higher Ed. Comte. April

AB 1980 introduced in February (amended in March)

Asm. Higher Ed. Comte. April

Approving the pilot-program AC Transit finance committee votes in favor Peralta Board unanimous May 20 AC Transit board unanimous May 28

AC Transit finance committee votes in favor

Peralta Board unanimous May 20

AC Transit board unanimous May 28

Challenges of implementing ID card distribution and production Marketing to students Future referendum (spring 2009)

ID card distribution and production

Marketing to students

Future referendum (spring 2009)

Other campuses Santa Monica Riverside Butte Santa Barbara Los Medanos Los Angeles City College

Santa Monica

Riverside

Butte

Santa Barbara

Los Medanos

Los Angeles City College

Factors to Consider Local cities’ General Plans (Transportation) Air Quality Management Districts

Local cities’ General Plans (Transportation)

Air Quality Management Districts

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