Monroe Community College and Regional Transit Service recently announced a transportation program that provides students with unlimited access to bus routes in Monroe County.
The plan includes direct service between MCC’s Brighton and Downtown campuses starting this fall.
The Universal Pass program removes a barrier for MCC students who struggle to find transportation to campus, internships, jobs, volunteer opportunities and medical appointments. It allows students to travel anywhere RTS fixed-route bus transportation is provided in Monroe County to take advantage of community resources.
“Having access to safe, reliable and convenient public transportation can make it easier for students to succeed in and out of the classroom,” said Bill Carpenter, CEO of RTS. “I thank President Kress and MCC for embracing public transit as a component of student success and for partnering with RTS to launch the first program of its kind in Monroe County. As we continue reimagining public transit in our community, the MCC-RTS U-Pass program will help lay the groundwork for the kind of innovative partnerships that will help our organizations thrive for many years to come.”
Full- and part-time MCC students can ride RTS for free with their ID during the academic year. Students only need to swipe their college ID card when boarding the bus.
Students who take all their classes online or have all their classes at the Public Safety Training Facility are not eligible for U-Pass, but can access bus transportation by paying regular RTS fares. Students who take classes during the summer can pay the regular RTS fare of $1 per ride.
“We are pleased to partner with RTS on a program that provides thousands of students, including the nearly 800 who live on campus, with unlimited access to RTS services, connecting them to the college as well as to resources throughout the community,” said Anne Kress, MCC president. “Providing students with greater access, convenience and mobility removes barriers that may keep them from taking classes, pursuing internships and work opportunities off campus, and getting involved in civic service. The U-Pass fills a significant transportation need and will enhance students’ collegiate experience.”
A spring 2018 survey of over 200 MCC residence hall students found limited access to transportation is a barrier to accessing off-campus food sources, employment, health care, and volunteer and social opportunities.
MCC is the first participant and collegiate partner in the Finger Lakes region to join the U-Pass program. RTS plans to have similar partnerships with other colleges in the region.
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