New Point-to-Point Shuttle Service Unveiled at UCR

Van will transport students from Bookstore pick-up to their residences on weeknights

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Transportation and Parking Services has unveiled a new point-to-point van service for UCR students

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – In an effort to increase the security of members of the UC Riverside community  during evening hours, Transportation and Parking Services has introduced a new Point-to-Point (P2P) Shuttle Service that will provide students with one-way transportation to homes and apartments located within three-mile radius of the campus.

The creation of a shuttle service was the top recommendation of the University Task Force on Safety that was formed to discuss campus safety in the wake of several robberies and assaults around the campus.

“This service will provide students evening transportation to apartments/housing located near the campus, and the program will begin as a pilot and run throughout the summer months.  It will be modified as required for the fall and the upcoming academic year,” said Chuck Rowley, interim vice chancellor of Business and Administrative Services and CIO and chair of the task force in a message sent to the campus May 20.

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The pick-up spot for the point-to-point service is near the UCR Campus Store

The shuttle service uses a 10-passenger van that picks up passengers every 30 minutes from the P2P shuttle stop located between Subway and the UCR Bookstore. It is available  Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with the last pickup at 11:00 p.m. Students must have a UCR ID to utilize the service.

The service debuted on Monday, May 20 with 22 passengers, followed by 30 the next two nights.

“We anticipate transporting around 80 students an evening,” said Debbie Manlongat, Event & Field Services manager. “Based on the feedback my driver is receiving, students are very grateful for the service.”

Interim Transportation and Parking Director Greg Artman said that his department estimates the P2P service will cost approximately $10,000 to operate throughout the summer and $60,000 annually. He added that it compares favorably to the Bear Runner trolley route both in service area and per capita cost.

“The Bear Runner, which we paid the RTA about $43,000 to run at night in 2010-11, averaged about 10 riders per night on a 40-minute, nine-stop, campus loop,” Artman said. “The shuttle has a larger service area with an estimated 30-minute maximum time. On a per capita basis, the shuttle is roughly half the cost of the Bear Runner at our current level of ridership. We also believe that from a safety standpoint, we’re providing much better service and security as well.”

Details on the shuttle service are available online at http://parking.ucr.edu/shuttle.

Rowley commended Artman and his staff for creating the shuttle service. “Their responsiveness to the Task Force on Safety’s recommendations has been exemplary,” he said.

The shuttle service initiative was presented to the UCR community — along with a list of 39 other potential safety recommendations — by University Task Force on Safety on May 23. Also proposed were a plan to patrol off-campus areas that students frequent on foot via increased UCPD patrols; a plan to increase in sworn officer on-campus bicycle patrols; a plan to deploy more open-area cameras around campus; and a plan to create a consolidated safety communications website for students, staff, faculty and visitors that combines all safety-related resources on campus, among others.

Students who live on-campus or who wish to walk to nearby off-campus locations are encouraged to utilize the Campus Safety Escort Service by calling (951) 827-3772.

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