RTD and San Joaquin Delta College have partnered together to offer free unlimited transportation for all Delta College Students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Beginning August 23, 2021, Delta students can ride any RTD BRT Express, Local, Hopper, and County Hopper service to travel throughout San Joaquin County.
Students can plan their trips using RTD’s handy Trip Planner tool. Simply enter the starting and ending location and the Trip Planner will tell you which routes to take and when. For additional help, students may call to speak to an RTD representative at (209) 943-1111.
“I have always had a passion for education, and we are thrilled to partner with Delta College to remove transportation as a potential barrier to education,” said RTD CEO Gloria Salazar.
In addition to traveling to and from the College, students may use their student ID to gain free access to transportation throughout the County. “This partnership will also help us to gather valuable ridership data as a part of our ongoing efforts to learn the travel patterns and behavior to better serve our community,” CEO Salazar said.
The Aug. 23 launch of the free transit partnership also marks the start of the Fall Semester at Delta College and the return of more in-person classes and services. Delta College Superintendent/President Dr. Omid Pourzanjani said many Delta students face challenging financial circumstances and may not previously have had the means to travel to the College or around the community.
“We are excited about a partnership that will provide not only access to education but also employment opportunities and more for our students,” Dr. Pourzanjani said. “We must do everything we can to support them and help them reach their goals. Equal access to quality, affordable transportation is key to the economic and social wellbeing of our entire community.”
This partnership also supports one of RTD’s core values, which includes a commitment to environmental sustainability. Studies published by University of Kansas—Lawrence Campus and University of Nebraska at Omaha have noted the benefits of alternative transportation over single-occupancy vehicles to not only decrease the need for additional parking structures on college campuses, but also to improve air quality for the community.