Credit: Kylie Kowalske | Mustang News

Cal Poly now offers new transportation options for students to get home for the holidays.

Transportation & Parking Services is offering a free shuttle to transport students to and from the San Luis Obispo Airport during school breaks.

“Mustang Express” busses are also new this year and will be available for students headed toward the Bay Area, Central Valley or Los Angeles regions during the holidays. Early registration for this service ranges from $44 to $55, depending on which holiday the service will be used for.

“I am from out of state and did not have a car or friends with a car last year, so it made getting to the airport expensive and difficult,” animal science sophomore Reagan Bartholomew said. “This shuttle would’ve helped me out last year and I am definitely going to look into it for my travels this year.”

Free SLO Airport Shuttle

Reservations for the free shuttle is on a first come, first serve basis. Loading starts 30 minutes prior to departure and leaves from the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Each rider is allowed one suitcase and one carry-on.

Service Dates & Times

  • Thanksgiving break: Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
  • Winter break: Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
  • Spring break: Friday, March 24, 2019
  • Departure times for all breaks:
    • 6:30 a.m.
    • 8:00 a.m.
    • 10:30 a.m.
    • 2:30 p.m.
The free airport shuttle will operate during Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks. Kylie Kowalske | Mustang News Credit: Kylie Kowalske | Mustang News

Mustang Express

Mustang Express is comprised of three full-sized motorcoach buses, each seating 56 students. The buses are equipped with reclining seats, air conditioning, onboard restrooms and power outlets. Each student is allowed one large suitcase and one carry-on bag that can fit in an overhead bin.

Early registration for Thanksgiving trips cost $44 per one-way trip until Oct. 28. Early reservations for winter break trips will be open until Nov. 12. After the window for early registration, reservations are $55 per one-way trip.

Mustang Express provides rides to San Jose Tasman Station, Fremont Warm Springs/South Fremont Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, Fresno Amtrak Station, Ventura Amtrak Station, Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center.

Service Dates & Times

  • Thanksgiving break
    • Departing Cal Poly Friday, Nov. 16
      Returning to Cal Poly Sunday, Nov. 25
  • Winter break
    • Departing Cal Poly Friday, Dec. 14
      Returning to Cal Poly Sunday, Jan. 6
  • Move out 2019
    • Departing Cal Poly Friday, June 14

All trips will depart from Cal Poly at 1 p.m. from the PAC and return at 12 p.m.

Reservations are first come, first serve. Students will receive a confirmation email once their ticket is purchased and then present their pass and Cal Poly ID to board the bus.

Students can reserve their seat here.

New this year

The Transportation & Parking Services staff came up with the idea and submitted a business proposal to Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance Cindy Villa for approval of the new programs. According to the Director of Transportation & Parking Services Marlene Cramer, the team also had to get the Mustang Express fee routed through the Campus Fee Advisory Committee for approval.

“We are very excited about these new transportation options for students,” Cramer said. “We wanted to offer students without vehicles on campus more options to commute to and from home to campus during the holidays.”

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