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TCC ANNOUNCES PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT TO STUDENTS FOR JULY 2013 - JUNE 2014

June 14, 2013 — Starting June 24, Tidewater Community College students will be able to purchase discounted monthly transportation for Hampton Roads Transit.

Students will be able to purchase a 30-day HRT GoPass from TCC business offices for a discounted price of $30, representing a savings of 40 percent if they were to be purchased directly from HRT.

Since January 2012, TCC has had a partnership with Hampton Roads Transit whereby the college purchased discounted transportation on behalf of students and staff, providing full access to HRT’s buses, ferries and Tide light rail at no direct cost to the users. Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School have had similar agreements with the transit agency.

In an announcement today, TCC said it had been pleased to provide the benefit “because we know that reliable transportation is important to student success.”

For 2013-14, HRT’s financial realities led it to propose a 3,700 percent increase in the cost of the program – a cost that TCC simply could not absorb while supporting other priorities that directly impact the academic program. This budget for the program is capped at $360,000, which is almost double what TCC had been paying.

While TCC’s administrators fought to preserve a transportation benefit for students, it became apparent that, in order to maximize the number of students who could participate, the faculty and staff program would have to be eliminated.

In its announcement, the college said it recognized and shared in students’ disappointment. “At the same time, we hope you will find the new arrangement to be of benefit,” the announcement said.

Existing GoPass 365 holders can continue to ride HRT buses, ferries and light rail through June 30.

For passes purchased June 24 or after at TCC business office locations, the following rules will apply:

  • Students may purchase only one 30-day GoPass per month. There will be no replacements for lost or damaged passes
  • Students with disabilities, who are approved by HRT to utilize Para-Transit, can receive passes at a discounted rate of $1.80 per pass for each of the days they have classes plus one additional day. Please see your campus educational accessibility counselor for help accessing this service.


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