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New Public Transit Service for Tarleton State University Students
Contact: Natalie Galindo
Phone: (817) 370-6744
Date: July 31, 2014

Pilot service for 2014-2015 school year

STEPHENVILLE — Today, the Texas Transportation Commission approved over $379,000 in public transportation funds to the Central Texas Rural Transit District (CTRTD) in partnership with Tarleton State University to provide a new public transit service for students.

“Tarleton State University is projecting an overall student headcount of approximately 12,000 students this fall, an increase of nearly 11 percent over 2013 enrollment,” said Rusty Jergins, Vice President for Student Life.

“On-campus housing cannot accommodate the entire student body, and this public transit program will provide the needed connectivity for those students living on and off each of our campuses to reach their classes and activities.”

This partnership will provide three buses and operations funding combined with Tarleton State University providing a 50 percent match towards operations for a total project cost of nearly $483,000. As a result, students will have a safe and affordable means of getting to school and home. 

“Central Texas Rural Transit District is thoroughly pleased to partner with Tarleton State University, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration on transit solutions in and around the campus,” said J.R. Salazar, CTRTD General Manager. “We hope that this effort will relieve congestion and be a big benefit to the students of Tarleton State University.”

If well received by the students, Tarleton State University will explore ways to sustain the routes after the pilot year has been completed. 

TxDOT appreciates the partnership with these agencies to provide public transportation services in rural Texas. TxDOT strives to work with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas.

For more information, contact Tarleton State University Assistant Vice President of Communications Harry Battson at 254-968-1620

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