In spring 2003, WSU students passed a $15 per semester mandatory transit fee that could be used for the purpose of funding Pullman Transit, instituting an on-campus shuttle system, and other transportation initiatives.
In Spring 2009, the Transit Advisory Group (TAG) proposed to ASWSU and GPSA, an increase of the mandatory student transit fee in the amount of $10 per semester for each full-time student (7 credits or more) and $5 per semester for each part-time student (less than 7 credits), excluding summer session, for the purpose of funding additional and maintaining existing transit service. TAG also proposed that the mandatory student transit fee may in future years, once per academic year be increased by no more than the annual rate of increase in the Western Urban Consumer Price Index when necessary to help off-set increases in the cost of operating the local transit system.
The proposed increases were placed on the undergraduate and graduate student referendum ballots. The referendum passed the undergraduate and graduate student vote therefore the referendum did pass resulting in a mandatory student transit fee in the amount of $25 per semester for each full-time student (7 credits or more) and $13 per semester for each part-time student (less than 7 credits). The increase in the transit fee has funded 15.5 additional hours on the Express Routes and provide for the availability of rider passes for the immediate families of students.
- Students rely on transit. Pullman Transit gives over 1.5 million rides per year and most of those riders (89%) are WSU students!
- Students need to simply show their CougarCard to ride the bus!
- Pullman Transit operates Monday through Saturday during the academic year.
- For more information on bus schedules, follow these links to Pullman Transit.
Benefits of the Transit Fee:
- Implementation of a campus shuttle.
- Improved transit access to and from the Student Recreation Center and other on-campus destinations.
- Improved nightly transit service.
- Improved service on the busiest student routes.
- May facilitate additional savings for students in the way of vehicle and gas expenses.
- Transit use remains seamless by simply showing a CougarCard. This encourages maximum ridership on the transit system and reduces congestion on campus roadways.
- Transit revenue becomes more stable and predictable, facilitating long-term transit planning.
The Transit Fee is administered by Parking and Transportation Services with oversight from the Transit Advisory Group (TAG). TAG is a sub-group of the University Parking and Transportation Task Force. TAG members include a student representative from the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU), a representative from the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), a representative from the Residence Hall Association (RHA), a representative from Greek Life, and a representative from commuter students.
TAG responsibilities include reviewing the effectiveness of current transit services, reviewing proposed changes or additions to future transit services, reviewing financial plans that support transit services, developing proposals related to transit service and other transportation-related programs, forwarding proposals to various constituency and stakeholder groups to solicit and evaluate feedback, and providing input regarding service levels for transit contract negotiations.