FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13 January 2011
OTTERS RIDE FREE WITH CSUMB ID
It’s really a free ride.
Starting Saturday, January 15, 2011, Cal State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students enrolled in the spring semester, as well as faculty and staff, will be able to ride all MST buses for free. MST and CSUMB are pleased to announce this partnership offering more convenient options than ever before – no need for cash, no need for exact change. The CSUMB Otter ID card will offer free unlimited access on all MST regular bus routes anywhere they pick up and go. Just flash an Otter ID card to the bus driver and take a seat. It’s that easy.
Using the free service to get around can eliminate the costs of driving a car – gas, insurance, parking fee and tickets, vehicle maintenance ¬– for an annual savings of $9,600, according to a national survey released this month by the American Public Transportation Association.
In addition to the convenience and money savings, using public transit spares the air from unhealthy pollutants.
MST lines 16 and 25 (the CSUMB Otter Trolley) stop at 24 locations on main and east campus. Both lines go through campus every hour in each direction, and can be used for on-campus shuttling as well as to reach destinations in Seaside, Marina and Salinas. Until now, riders were able to board on campus for free, but had to pay the return fare.
Now, Otter ID card holders can use those routes, as well as take the bus to Big Sur, Carmel, South Monterey County, and as far north as San Jose – all for free.
The new Otter ID free ride program for CSUMB students, faculty and staff replaces the three-year-old CSUMB free fare zone, which allowed passengers to board for free at MST bus stops in the central campus and East Campus Housing areas only. Passengers making return trips to the campus paid full price, giving the university community a 50 percent discount on their travels to and from campus. Building on the resounding success of the free fare zone partnership, which originally was funded in part by a grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, MST and CSUMB are pleased to introduce this innovative system-wide university pass program granting students, faculty and staff free access to all MST bus routes throughout its 280 square-mile service area.
For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.