RTA's GoPass program offers free bus service to MSJC students

Mt. San Jacinto College student Travis Densmore is so excited about the Riverside Transit Agency’s upcoming GoPass program, which will offer MSJC students free bus service, that he’s already telling all of his friends.

Starting on Aug. 16, Mt. San Jacinto College students can get a ride to school or anywhere on the RTA fixed route bus system for free. Whether it’s a local bus to class, work or the movies, or a CommuterLink Express bus to the beach, students will only have to show their valid MSJC student IDs with a current RTA GoPass sticker and they ride free.

Densmore, 30, said he already takes the RTA bus to get to his MSJC classes for a variety of reasons. He likes riding the bus so he can network with other MSJC students, finish homework or study and to save gas money and wear-and-tear on his car.

Densmore is excited about the GoPass program.

“First off it will save you money, because nowadays you have to pay for the pass and some people don’t receive financial aid,” Densmore said.  “It’s nice they (RTA) are not just restricting you to just one thing. It gives you a little more flexibility to go wherever you need to go.”

Officials at MSJC are also excited about the opportunities the GoPass program offers students.

“RTA is providing students of Mt. San Jacinto College a tremendous benefit with the GoPass program,” said Dr. Bill Vincent, Vice President of Student Services. “The GoPass program alleviates the real pressures students feel associated with the high cost of gas or heavy traffic. We hope our students see the value of this program and get their GoPass stickers.”

The RTA is launching its GoPass program for a 12-month demonstration period. GoPass stickers will be available at MSJC the first week of August. To find out how to get a free GoPass sticker, visit any MSJC Enrollment office or visit www.msjc.edu/GoPass

The GoPass one-year demonstration program is funded by air-quality improvement funds from the cities of Banning, Beaumont, Canyon Lake, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, San Jacinto, Temecula and Wildomar and the County of Riverside.