The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), the City of Glendale Beeline, and Glendale Community College (GCC) have partnered to offer all GCC students a free one-year GoPass that allows free rides on all LA Metro and Beeline buses/trains.
With this partnership, LA Metro is expanding its GoPass program to eight community college districts in Los Angeles County. The addition of GCC comes at a crucial time for enrollment as more students re-engage on campus after two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The GCC GoPass benefits every GCC student. It helps our in-person students re-engage with an on-campus environment that is such an important part of the college experience,” said GCC Board Chair Ann Ransford. “The pass is also an important tool for our students who continue to take their distance learning courses online, as they can use it for any reason and on all participating transit lines. Using it for school, work or play, the pass truly opens up a whole new world.
“I am thrilled that Metro’s GoPass program is finally available to community college students in my hometown of Glendale,” said Ara J. Najarian, Member of the Glendale City Council and Chair of the LA Metro Board of Directors. . “This program is one of Metro’s most transformative efforts to help students in Los Angeles County access educational opportunities while helping to increase Metro ridership. We want to do everything in our power to encourage all community colleges in LA County to take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide these and other key benefits to students.
Any GCC student taking one or more units on the Verdugo or Garfield campus is eligible to receive a free GCC GoPass, which allows students free travel on Glendale Beeline, all LA Metro bus and train routes, Pasadena Transit, LA County Shuttles, LADOT Dash, City of Commerce, Culver CityBus, Foothill Transit, GTrans, Long Beach Transit, Montebello Bus, Norwalk Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Torrance Transit.
“On behalf of Glendale City Council, we were proud to vote to fund the Beeline portion of this program,” said Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian. “The city and GCC are community partners committed to providing all of our citizens with access to education. I taught at this college and witnessed the importance of public transportation to many of these students. It can make the difference in terms of success. It can change the course of a person’s life for the better.
Lack of affordable or reliable transportation is a frequently cited barrier to regular school attendance and the barrier of the cost of public transportation has a disproportionate impact on low-income households. LA Metro’s GoPass program helps participating LA County students better manage the rising cost of living. By offering a free public transit pass good for unlimited access to public transportation not only to school, but to extracurricular activities, work, and any other destination, making it an invaluable transportation choice.
The program that serves K-12 school districts in addition to community college districts is growing in popularity. In the first year of the program, for example, students in participating schools and school districts rode public transit nearly 5.6 million times. Over 90% of boarding schools take place Monday through Friday, with the highest usage peaking at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., which coincides with school hours.
“With GoPass, GCC students have the freedom to get where they need to go quickly and reliably while helping us get cars off the road and reduce the harmful effects of climate change,” said Stephanie N LA Metro CEO Wiggins. “I thank the GCC administration for partnering with us and we look forward to seeing more GCC students on our system!”
The GoPass program has grown since its official launch in 2021. LA Metro has already added 14 new school districts for Year 2 and is in the process of adding 10 more. LA Metro says it is looking to double participation in the program over the next year.
GCC students interested in obtaining a GCC GoPass can enroll in the GoPass program through the district office of basic needs, GCC CARES. Students will be contacted at the start of the fall semester with instructions on how to pick up the pass or request it by mail.