SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
Tarleton State University
STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State University’s shuttle service will enter its second year on Monday, Aug. 24, with additional routes and passenger pick-up and drop-off locations.
The Tarleton shuttle service provides a transportation option to reach the center of campus for students traveling between off-campus apartments and those who park in the All-Zone parking lots across Washington Street.
Tarleton will again partner with Central Texas Rural Transit District’s City & Rural Rides (CARR) to provide the free shuttle service in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on campus, while encouraging public transportation as an option for students, faculty and staff.
This summer CARR acquired four new, handicap accessible 30-passenger shuttle buses equipped with WiFi connectivity and bicycle racks. The shuttle buses are distinguishable by Tarleton purple graphic wraps and have been designated for operating on one of two routes.
One shuttle bus will operate a route transporting students from the All-Zone (Green Lots P25 and P34) parking lots adjacent to the Tarleton baseball and softball fields and the Horticulture Center at approximately 30-minute intervals during peak times, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The shuttle will operate on a clockwise route including five stops around the perimeter of campus. Pick-up and drop-off locations include: Tennis Courts along Sloan Street, Bosque Crossing Apartments at the intersection of N. Neblett and W. Vanderbilt, Hunewell Hall along Military Drive, the new All-Zone parking lot (P41) at the intersection of S. Lillian and McNeill streets, and All-Zone parking lot P25 adjacent to the Horticulture Center and baseball/softball fields.
Two shuttles will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from the Tarleton campus to The Grove apartments. The shuttle is available to students residing at Mustang Ranch, but those passengers will be required to cross Frey Street to the pick-up and drop-off location just outside The Grove’s clubhouse.
In addition, one shuttle will operate from 3:30-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, to transport students from campus to The Grove.
No shuttle service will be available on Fridays due to limited classes that day each week.
Because of limited use last year, the on-campus golf cart shuttles will no longer transport students from the tennis courts to the campus interior. However, golf cart shuttles will be available to students, faculty and staff for after-hours safety rides by contacting the University Police Department at 254-968-9265. The safety escorts will be available from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
University police will continue to offer safety escorts 24-hours a day, seven days a week upon request by calling 254-968-9265.
Passengers also can track the locations of all shuttles to determine the next bus arrival time with the Ride Systems shuttle tracking system. This mobile app, which provides real-time locations and expected arrival times at stops along the routes, is available at the Google Play store or iTunes store. Search “Ride Systems” and when downloaded, select Tarleton State University.
To view the routes and shuttle locations in real-time, visit www.tarletonstateuniversityshuttle.com.
Each shuttle has been equipped with GPS tracking which sends out its location every five seconds to provide real-time information to passengers. When viewing the route map on a mobile device or web browser, shuttle locations are depicted as a color-coded dot and may appear with an arrow to show the shuttle’s direction of travel or a square “stop” icon that denotes the shuttle has stopped for loading and unloading of passengers.
For additional information about parking and shuttle services, visit www.tarleton.edu/parking.