As of Jan. 21, the Bronco Shuttle service extended its schedule to offer hourly rides to and from the Student Services Building (SSB) and the Pomona North Metrolink Station in order to ensure an accessible commute for Cal Poly Pomona’s students and staff.
CPP Transportation Services states that the new hourly round-trip shuttle service allows riders to have more options to commute to CPP. The new stop and pick-up location at the SSB is a more central location to connect to on-campus shuttles.
The free Bronco Shuttle service picks up passengers on an hourly basis from the parking lot at the west end of the Pomona North Metrolink Station from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m., and from the SSB from 7:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m., with the exception of a break at noon. The hourly service expands the options for students and staff to arrive or leave campus with more leisure.
The shuttle service started off with limited trips, which posed a struggle for students like Cris Vazquez, a fourth-year math student. During his first year at CPP in 2016, the only opportunities to catch a shuttle were at 6:50 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 p.m., forcing his schedule to revolve around those specific times.
“If that’s the sacrifice I have to take, then I guess,” Vazquez said. He recalls waking up as early as 6 a.m. during his first year at CPP and getting to campus to wait an “awkward three-hour gap before I had my first class.” Now, Vazquez appreciates the convenience of being able to catch the shuttle at different times, allowing him the luxury of moving his schedule around.
Despite the benefits from the extended hourly schedule, it doesn’t line up with the direct Metrolink schedule, causing confusion for some CPP students. One small mix-up, such as departure delays, can add to a students’ commute or take a toll on their bank account in cases when their only option is to order a rideshare service. To avoid these obstacles, students should look only at the posted schedule provided on CPP’s Transportation Services website to plan ahead of time for the Bronco Shuttle.
Clara Rodriguez, a third-year hospitality student, has been taking advantage of the Bronco Shuttle connection after taking the Metrolink from Long Beach. Unfortunately, she’s missed the shuttle the first two days of the extended schedule taking off.
“Yesterday I had to take an Uber,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t want to because it’s expensive. It would be more helpful if it came more frequently.”
The new extended service is available for students, faculty, staff and iPoly students. For further information or questions, contact the Transportation Rideshare office at email@example.com or by phone at 909-869-4781.
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