Beginning next semester, all 7C students, staff, and faculty will be eligible for free, unlimited rides on Foothill Transit’s bus lines through their Class Pass program.
The passes will be available at the Connections store in the Honnold Mudd Library. Students who want to pick up a pass will have to present their CUC ID and must be enrolled in at least one credit at any of the colleges to be eligible for the program.
The program, which was previously instituted at five other colleges in the area, includes any of Foothill Transit’s 39 bus lines and the Metro Silver Streak bus, which run to 22 cities throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.
Foothill bus lines serve Claremont, Pomona, Montclair, Pasadena, and downtown Los Angeles. Rides usually cost $1.50 each when purchased on the bus, plus $.50 for transfers.
“We feel the benefits to our students are many: it’s free, it’s an option for students who do not have their own transportation. and it’s an opportunity to be environmentally friendly while also reducing the stress of driving in Los Angeles traffic,” CUC Vice President Denise Hayes wrote in an email to TSL.
Foothill buses serving the Claremont stop at the Claremont Transit Center on First Street between College Avenue and Mills Avenue, just south of Pomona College’s campus.
Buses to downtown Los Angeles stop at or near a variety of destinations in the city, including Cal State Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, Union Station, Staples Center, and City Hall.
“The [Student Deans Committee] is hopeful that students will take advantage of this benefit to enjoy the entertainment and cultural resources in the LA area, or even just to get to local destinations served by Foothill Transit,” Hayes wrote.
In other transportation news, the Metro Gold Line extension project, which will extend the Gold Line light rail to Claremont and other cities in the Inland Empire, will break ground Saturday at Citrus College in Glendora. The ceremony is open to the public.
This article was updated on Dec. 8 to reflect that the program is 7C, including all schools in the Consortium, not just the 5Cs.