Long Beach Transit (LBT), the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and Long Beach City College (LBCC) today announced a new partnership that will provide free rides to all LBCC students on multiple transit systems. .
Beginning in the Spring 2022 semester, all LBCC students – whether full-time, part-time, in-person, online, credit or non-credit, or dual-enrollment – will be eligible for the free Metro GoPass program, the Metro’s student pass program. .
The new program is an expansion of LBCC’s highly successful “Strong Beach” bus pass pilot program with Long Beach Transit that was first introduced in fall 2019 for full-time students only.
“I am thrilled to see this expansion of the Strong Beach Transit Program which was launched at LBCC in 2019,” said Long Beach Community College District Board Chair Uduak-Joe Ntuk, who led the council’s efforts to create the Strong Beach program. . “We have already seen through the pilot program how this has helped hundreds of our LBCC students who needed transportation assistance, and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the students who have participated. It is wonderful to be able to provide this invaluable service to our students, and we thank our partners at Long Beach Transit and Metro for working together to make this expanded program a reality.
In addition to expanding to include all students, the new program also goes beyond Long Beach Transit to include free rides on all Bus and Rail subway lines; Culver City Bus; Foothill Transit; Gardena Transit (GTrans); Montebello bus; Norwalk Transit; Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit.
The only criteria is that students must be enrolled in the LBCC Spring 2022 semester.
“The LBCC recognizes that for some of our students, just getting to class is sometimes a barrier, especially for students who do not have reliable transportation to and from campus,” said the Presidential Superintendent. of the LBCC, Mike Muñoz. “The ability for all of our students to travel through multiple transportation systems will make a huge difference for our students. Not only will they be able to get to class, but they can also get to work or visit family in the greater Los Angeles area.
“About 40 percent of our customers are students, and Long Beach Transit is proud to support the GoPass initiative by providing students with reliable transportation,” said Michael Clemson, chairman of the board. “This new program encourages transit ridership, supports academic success and promotes sustainability.
“As a participating agency in the GoPass program, LBT directly contributes to student success in the communities we serve,” said Kenneth A. McDonald, President and CEO of LBT. “The program will continue to provide reliable transportation to promote student success at LBCC and is an example of LBT partnering to improve the daily lives of our customers.”
Metro’s GoPass program seeks to use free public transit as a tool to help participating LA County students better manage the ever-increasing cost of living and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Around 70% of metro users are now considered low-income users.
“This program is one of our most transformative efforts to help Los Angeles County emerge from the pandemic, reduce transportation emissions, make it easier for students to return to school, and increase the number of users,” said Hilda L. Solis, chair of Metro’s board of directors and LA county supervisor, representing the First District. “We encourage all community colleges in LA County to take this opportunity to provide these and other key benefits to their students.”
“Students do better in school when they don’t have to worry about how they will get there. That way they can focus on what matters most: their education,” said Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Member. “Waiving their transportation costs helps Long Beach City College students pay their bills while getting to class on time. Thank you, Long Beach City College, for offering this program to your students.
“As a member of Metro’s board of trustees for the Southeast Long Beach area, I couldn’t be happier to see Long Beach City College join Metro’s GoPass program,” said board member Fernando Dutra. of directors of Metro and a member of the town council of Whittier. “I know these students need equitable access to the city’s transit system. With several convenient A (blue) line subway stations serving the Long Beach area, LBCC students can easily connect to all major transit lines Metro has to offer.
The LBCC will contact students for additional information on how to receive their free pass, including instructions on how to obtain a Metro GoPass to access transportation services.
“We are extremely pleased that Long Beach City College has added its name to the growing list of regional community colleges joining our GoPass program,” said Metro General Manager Stephanie N. Wiggins. “This important program is the largest unlimited-use student program in the country. Long Beach City College students can use this pass to ride public transportation freely throughout our county, not just to and from their schools. We hope to convert these students into lifetime transit customers through this fare-free pass program.
Nearly 400 LBCC students completed an online survey regarding the Strong Beach pilot program, and the survey results were overwhelmingly positive. Almost all of the respondents said they used their pass daily and said receiving the pass helped them do better at the LBCC. Complete information about the LBCC GoPass program can be found on the LBCC website at https://www.lbcc.edu/post/transportation.
For more information on Metro’s GoPass program, visit www.metro.net/gopass.
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