New Ride Alert! Yuba College Students Have a New Ride to Campus
Free Yuba College shuttle began January 13
January 30, 2020: Yuba College students are riding free as they head into the spring semester.
Yuba-Sutter Transit launched a new service that will for the first time connect Yuba College’s Sutter County Center outpost in Yuba City to the rest of the local fixed-route system. The new shuttle hit the streets on January 13 and is operating every 30 minutes in both directions. Yuba College’s Sutter County Center educational center opened its doors in 2012 and prior to this shuttle was one-and-a-half miles away from the nearest bus stop and had never been served by transit.
The shuttle is designed for college students and high school students who are also taking college courses but is available to the general public as well. The new shuttle covers a ten-mile stretch from one side of town to the campus. Yuba College President G.H. Javaheripour said, “the extension of bus service to the Sutter County Center provides the opportunity for students who depend on public transportation to enroll in classes that are more suitable to their family and work style in order to complete their degrees. Simply said, we are expanding opportunities for students to obtain training and education in the region.”
Increasing access to education is just one of the benefits of this shuttle. Since the shuttle is open to the general public, it can also be used by staff and faculty, reducing the travel cost and potentially offering a new job opportunity to someone who couldn’t make the daily commute before. “The free shuttle is a stepping-stone in my community’s path to clean and reliable transportation. And this is not just about transportation, it’s about access to an education and to jobs, that in turn can continue to grow our local economy,” said Marysville Mayor and SACOG Vice Chair Ricky Samayoa.
Keith Martin, Yuba-Sutter Transit Manager, said this is a pilot that will determine if there are enough riders to justify the use of more Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) funding. The pilot is currently funded for up to two years, with the potential to expand up to five years.
The new shuttle service is a small 16-passenger dial-a-ride vehicle and is available Monday through Thursday between Sutter County Center and Yuba-Sutter Transit’s Walton Terminal (near Sam’s Club). It operates from 7:35 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. during spring and fall semester. For more information on the shuttle, visit yubasuttertransit.com.