Montgomery County Community College will pilot a transportation shuttle program between its Central and West campuses during the fall 2010 semester, which begins on Sept. 1. The shuttle will enable students to travel back and forth between campuses for classes and activities.
The shuttle pilot ties into the College’s Sustainability and Students Success initiatives.
Since signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, the College has put into place policies and procedures that reduce its carbon footprint. The shuttle program has the potential to reduce vehicle usage by up to 3,900 miles daily if the bus operates each trip at full capacity.
Most importantly, the shuttle program will enable students without other means of transportation to enroll in campus-specific courses to which they would otherwise not have access. For example, in the area of Health Sciences, programs such as Radiography and Surgical Technology are only available at the West Campus in Pottstown, while Nursing and Dental Hygiene programs are available only at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.
The 12-14 passenger van will depart from each campus five times per day between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, starting and ending at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown. On average, each run will take 45 to 50 minutes, with rush hour runs taking up to one hour. The vehicle is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with Wi-Fi.
During the fall semester pilot, the College’s students can ride the shuttle free of charge. Students are strongly encouraged to reserve a seat one day in advance of using the service by visiting www.mc3.edu/campuslife/shuttle.
Riders will be expected to observe shuttle etiquette guidelines provided by the College. They must also present a valid student ID and sign in before they board the shuttle. Upon boarding, riders will have the opportunity to reserve seats for their return trips. At this time, College employees are able to ride the shuttle on a space-available basis.
The shuttle pilot is being managed by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVFTMA) in coordination with TransNet Suburban Transit Network, Inc.
The pilot will be evaluated throughout the fall semester to determine if it will be continued or expanded for the spring based on student and employee demand. If continued, a fee will be assessed to shuttle riders starting in spring 2011.