by Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College will expand its transportation shuttle program to include a pilot that runs from the SEPTA station in Ambler to its Central Campus in Blue Bell and its Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) in Lansdale starting on Jan. 21, 2015, the first day of the College’s spring semester.
The new shuttle will depart from the SEPTA station, 35 W. Butler Ave., Ambler, at 6:15 a.m., Monday through Friday. The shuttle first will stop at Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, and then travel to the CAI, 1400 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale. The bus will then return to Central Campus before going back to SEPTA’s Ambler station.
Throughout the day Monday through Friday, the 14-passenger shuttle will continue making trips among these three locations in coordination with the classes offered at the CAI. The last stop at SEPTA’s Ambler station will be at 6:10 p.m., except for Friday when the last stop is at 4 p.m. For more information about the shuttle schedule and to make reservations, visit mc3.edu/shuttle.
The shuttle is wheelchair accessible and is free for newly enrolled and current students during the spring semester pilot. Reservations are recommended, particularly during peak runs. Students will be required to present a valid student ID and sign in before they board the vehicle.
Since 2010, the College has provided shuttle service between Central and West campuses, allowing students to take advantage of courses offered at both campuses to complete their program requirements. This existing service will continue, and will further enable students at West Campus to take the shuttle to Central and then to CAI. The new pilot will expand the existing shuttle service to CAI to five days a week, since it was previously available only Monday through Wednesday, and will add the Ambler stop. The College will assess the passenger usage of the pilot program at the end of the spring semester for future planning.
The College’s transportation shuttle program is managed by the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF) in coordination with TransNet Suburban Transit Network, Inc.
Transportation alternatives, like the shuttle program, are part of the College’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Montgomery County Community College is a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and is a two-time recipient of Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Award.