If you are wondering if the Mustang Shuttle will be in service this year, well you are in luck. And better yet, the free convenience shuttle will be extending its hours.
Students and employees can now use the shuttle during the day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in addition to its current evening hours from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This new addition of daytime hours will allow our campus to be more accessible. To ensure that every Mustang can use the service, the shuttle is accessible to those with disabilities. This campus has plenty of hills, so now our fellow mustangs will be able to get around easier. Another addition is that the shuttle will now include stops at the poultry, dairy and wine and viticulture units.
For those who don’t know, the Mustang Shuttle was created in response to students asking for a safe accessible way to travel on campus at night. Cal Poly’s Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) partnered with SLO Safe Ride in November 2021 to provide the seven-day-a-week shuttle service which immediately gained popularity and had extended hours for winter quarter.The shuttle helps the Cal Poly community feel safe on campus. This amazing addition of the extension of the operating hours is all thanks to a new partnership.
Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), the University Union Advisory Board (UUAB), University Housing, Cal Poly Corporation and Public Safety partnered with SLO Safe Ride to extend the Mustang Shuttle hours. More than 36,000 rides were given in just seven months last academic year. Following the demand for the shuttle, TAPS approached ASI and UUAB about a potential partnership.
“It’s been great to see the popularity and early adoption of Mustang Shuttle this past year, and we are very excited to be able to offer more,” Transportation and Parking Services Director Marlene Cramer said. “But we couldn’t have done this alone, a huge thanks goes to our university partners ASI, University Union Advisory Board, University Housing and Cal Poly Corporation for helping make this happen.”
To make the Mustang Shuttle even more convenient, an app, that is scheduled for release this fall, will allow mustangs to track the shuttle and see accurate arrival times for each stop. The shuttle’s app will be available in the App Store and Google Play.
If you are curious about what the routes will look like, you can find more information on https://afd.calpoly.edu/parking/safetyprograms/.