Plan to connect Foothill Transit Silver Streak to CPP in progress

A plan to connect Cal Poly Pomona and the Foothill Transit Silver Streak that would cost nothing for CPP is the latest work by the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) on campus. 

The Silver Streak is a rapid transit bus that runs from Montclair to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, traveling along the Interstate 10 freeway. 

This plan to connect the Silver Streak to CPP is to ensure that students and faculty have a cheaper and alternative way to get to school. 

For many years, parking on campus has been an issue discussed among both students and faculty. 

There have been different measures taken to improve the experience for students and faculty, such as adding additional parking structures and lots. 

John P. Lloyd, associate professor in the Department of History and chair of the TAC, and Frances Teves, director of Government and Community Relations, are working closely with students and faculty to ensure that this plan to provide public transportation is easily accessible and will be operational as soon as possible. 

“Foothill (Transit) and the university have been trying to work out the terms of how that would work,” Llyod said.

Currently, students can purchase Foothill Transit passes for a discounted price of $36 for a Local 31-Day Pass, or $75 for a Silver Streak 31-Day Pass.
(Desiree McClean | The Poly Post)

“The partnership with Foothill Transit is grounded in President Soraya M. Coley’s vision and strategic priorities in ensuring a transit-friendly campus, while making the best use of our resources and planning thoughtfully for the future,” Teves said. 

Although there is no set date as to when the Silver Streak will actually connect to CPP, they are working diligently to make it happen. “It takes about six months to re-route a bus line,” Teves said. 

“If we bring the transit stops onto campus and have a nice area with bus shelters and trees and make it safe on campus for students to wait for the bus, and then the plan is to also have the campus shuttles also pick up right there, so students can get off the bus and get a shuttle,” Lloyd said. 

In the meantime, there are other measures the TAC has taken to alleviate the stress of commuting. The TAC made it possible for students to obtain something called a Class Pass by fall 2020. 

A Class Pass is a free card that gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to ride the Foothill Transit buses as much as they need to. 

Currently, CPP full-time students are eligible to receive a discount, making the pass only $36 for 31 days or $75 for a Silver Streak 31-day pass. 

A bus pass for the Foothill Transit normally costs $50 for 31 days for anyone who is not a full-time CPP student. 

A bus pass is something that can not only benefit students without the means of a car or ride but also help students who wish to avoid driving because of the congested parking lots and structures on campus. 

Students can buy a discounted pass at any Foothill Transit Store. In order to qualify, students must bring a copy of current registration and proof of full-time status. 

Once passes are approved for CPP students, the Foothill Transit website at foothilltransit.org will offer a link to “select CPP” to obtain a pass. 

There are already six bus stops connecting to CPP, not including the Silver Streak project. 

Opting to take public transportation can be a solid alternative for anyone who wants to save money and avoid the headache of driving. 

To receive a complete travel itinerary of the current Foothill Transit starts, stops and transfers to a destination, call 1-800-RIDE-INFO for more information.

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