Other Transit Agencies See Ridership Decline; Foothill Transit's Ridership Is Up Because . . .


Many U.S. cities have implemented robust universal student transit pass programs that reduce student costs and dramatically increase ridership—71% to 200%, according to studies by Donald Shoup and other UCLA researchers. There are several successful programs in LA County, most notably at Cal State Long Beach, Santa Monica College and Mount San Antonio College. In this Streetsblog story Joe Linton writes that while most transit agencies in LA County are seeing ridership decline, Foothill Transit's ridership has increased 3.6%. The reason is the agency's Class Pass program at Mount Sac, which was expanded to the University of LaVerne, and may be implemented at Cal Poly Pomona and Citrus College. Move LA ED Denny Zane helped develop the Santa Monica College program and we are working with LA Metro now to determine the feasibility of a countywide universal pass program. 


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