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College Transit Systems in the US

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Hi! I've just fanned on the Aggie Spirit (Texas A&M university's shuttle system), and from their website at http://transport.tamu.edu/Transit/facts.aspx , it has 65 buses assigned for fixed route use and a peak vehicle requirement of 56 buses. This must be one of the largest College Transit systems in the South, if not in the country, and University of Georgia's system that requires more than 40 buses is not far behind. Can anyone find out which college/university has the largest transit system that not contracted to a community transit agency (Like Capital Metro in Austin for University of Texas, the CATA's in both Lansing and State College for Michigan State and Penn State respectively,Madison Metro for University of Wisconsin, RTS in Gainesville for University of Florida and Star Metro in Tallahassee for Florida State University)? Thanks!

Also, can anyone explain the advantages and disadvantages for colleges and universities to operate their own shuttle service versus contracting the community transit agency to perform it? And are there other examples of community transit agencies operate campus transit services. Your insights will be surely appreciated.

My Aggie Spirit thread will be posted under the Central US section.

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Go West Transit (Western Illinois University - Macomb) started out as a campus transit system They have since expanded and added community routes and school trippers. It is still run by the university through another company. Plus riding Go West is free, not just for students, but also the whole community!

Champaign-Urbana MTD is another transit operation that works closely with University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana.

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The PVTA in Western MA has a division run by a campus nearby and as of 2013 with 74 active vehicles. Twonother division exisr run by a neighboring city and another city to the south

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Also, can anyone explain the advantages and disadvantages for colleges and universities to operate their own shuttle service versus contracting the community transit agency to perform it? And are there other examples of community transit agencies operate campus transit services. Your insights will be surely appreciated.

There are several key advantages I can think of. The primary one is to be able to operate a shuttle system that is completely tailored to the school's own needs. A secondary advantage is being able to use student drivers - this not only saves money compared to the cost of full-time operators but some schools use this as a work-study opportunity (and get federal funding for these jobs).

A disadvantage is the need to have a staff to administer the bus system and maintain the vehicles - schools that partner with the local transit system can share these functions. Also, a transit agency can often provide a large number of vehicles and operators for special events such as football shuttles, and may have bigger buses than the university fleet (such as articulated buses).

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Rutgers University (NJ) has an on-campus system, most if not all of the drivers are students. These photos are from 2007. When I attended an event there a couple of years ago, they had some articulators.

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4 hours ago, J. S. Bach said:

Rutgers University (NJ) has an on-campus system, most if not all of the drivers are students. These photos are from 2007. When I attended an event there a couple of years ago, they had some articulators.

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Rutgers had some of the ex-OC Transpo D60LFs - https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php?title=File:Rutgers_University_D60LF_(Ex-OC_Transpo).jpg

They are likely what you saw as I am not sure if they had any other articulated buses.

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