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COLLEGE STUDENTS RIDE FREE FROM JAN. 30 TO FEB. 5

Rutgers pep rally set for Thursday on Newark campus

NJT-06-006
January 24,2006

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will offer free rides to New Jersey college students from January 30 through February 5, 2006, to give students the opportunity to experience how simple it is to use public transportation.

During the free week, college and post-secondary students can ride any NJ TRANSIT bus, rail or light rail line for free simply by presenting their student ID and a Free Ride coupon available at www.njtransit.com.

To promote the week of free student travel, NJ TRANSIT will hold a pep rally on Rutgers University’s Newark campus on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, where students will learn about NJ TRANSIT’s services and about the Student Pass program. Students who sign up for a pass at the event will be eligible to win prizes by participating in a “Armchair Quarterback Challenge.”

We want students to discover how comfortable and convenient using NJ TRANSIT can be,” said NJ TRANSIT Assistant Executive Director Lynn Bowersox. “By giving them an opportunity to ride our buses, trains and light rail lines for free, we are cultivating new customers during their college years and beyond.”

In addition to showing students how easy and convenient it is to use New Jersey’s public transportation system, the trial will also promote the benefits of the online Student Pass program, which provides a 25-percent discount to fulltime students who attend participating colleges.

Universities that offer their students a discount through the online Student Pass program are:

  • Seton Hall University
  • Montclair State University
  • Rutgers University
  • William Paterson University
  • Kean University
  • Richard Stockton College
  • New Jersey City University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Ramapo College

With Student Pass, students simply log on to their university’s Intranet, click on the link to NJ TRANSIT’s monthly pass student discount and enter the requested information. After signing up, a new monthly pass is sent automatically each month as long as the account remains active—leaving students to sit back, relax and let NJ TRANSIT do the driving. Now that’s smart!

About Student Pass

In 2004, NJ TRANSIT began a partnership with several colleges and universities in New Jersey to offer a 25 percent discount off NJ TRANSIT’s already discounted rate for monthly passes to students who purchase their pass online. The pilot program was developed to increase student awareness of NJ TRANSIT’s services, to guide them in discovering off-campus activities that they can reach using public transportation and to alleviate parking shortages at many universities.

About NJ TRANSIT

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 800,000 daily trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 162 rail stations, 53 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.