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Sep 16, 2013 12:43 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Islanders Can Now Park and Ride to School for Free

CORPUS CHRISTI - A new shuttle service started Monday, for students at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The park and ride shuttle buses will run from the Momentum Campus parking lots to the Island Campus bus stop.

Students, like Luis Mendez, a sophomore says the price is right.

"Free, I love it," he said.

Mendez says this shuttle service is a great alternate to searching for a parking space.

"I think it's really convenient, I would go in this morning like right now, class starts in like 15 minutes and there's already a line backed up," he added.

During the quick ride over to campus from the shuttle pick up, the finance major said, the math for this equation is simple.

"I live off campus and live like two seconds away from this bus stop, so it's better, instead of me having to drive from here all the way to campus," Mendez said.

Campus officials say they contracted with RTA for 65 thousand dollars to get the students to and from school. Plus, this way, students have no excuse for missing class because of a lack of parking.

"We really want students to go to class, we don't want them to have any reason not to make it to their classes," School officials said.

Mendez says before the school was able to work out a deal, a short week ago, he had to park a mile away and walk. Now, he says not only is it closer to home, but it's cheaper too.

"It'll save me a lot of money. I knew they were building new things but I never expected traffic to be so hectic," he mentioned.

The busses will run every 10 minutes from 7:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and every 20 minutes from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M.

Campus officials hope to run this, long term but no exact date is set.

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