August 24, 2009
By Anh Ha
With a customer counter, flat screen monitors for departure times, and an indoor passenger waiting area, the Transit Center has become a big hit with the CSU campus and Fort Collins community.
The new CSU Transit Center was completed in the fall of 2006. The new north-end entrance to the Lory Student Center added over 14,000 square-feet and a more comfortable and convenient mode of public transportation for all students and visitors.
“Transfort has seen significant increase in student ridership since the implementation of the Transit Center at CSU. Having a presence on campus allows students easy access to pass' and help if they have questions about the system. Also, having a comfortable place to wait for the bus has probably helped to increase the ease of travel for many Transfort users on campus,” says Transit Planner Nicole Hahn.
Because of the long relationship between Colorado State University and the city of Fort Collins, the Transit Center was renovated to ensure that the presence of the city was on campus and available to students. Currently, students make up 30 percent of Transfort riders.
The renovation of the Transit Center used no student fee dollars or tuition money. CSU and the city of Fort Collins received all funding from the Federal Transit Administration, or FTA, an administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In 2007, the Transit Center received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED Gold Certified facility is recognized for the achievement of expertise in green building through a comprehensive system.
Using the Transit produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide and half the amount of carbon dioxide per mile. It also reduces the use of gasoline by approximately 4.2 billion gallons a year.
Students who present a RamCard will receive a free bus pass to use for the entire school year by visiting the Transit Center in the lower level of the LSC - a service made possible by contributions from the Associated Students of CSU (ASCSU).
Faculty and staff may purchase annual passes at the Transit Center for $50.
At this time, there are no plans to add or change the Transit Center, however, the city is hoping to provide more service hours and improve usability for students.
“The city is currently working with ASCSU to provide additional transit service that will begin in the fall of 2009. This additional service would include some evening hours for routes 3 and 6. The city is also working to upgrade the transit systems card reader to be compatible with the RamCard to allow students to use their ID to board the bus - they currently need a CSU bus pass,” says Hahn.
The Transit Center is staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and can be contacted by calling (970) 416-2330.