SAVE ADEQUATE ON-CAMPUS BUS SERVICE

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THANK YOU to all the students, faculty, staff, supporters and Culver City residents who sent email messages to the Culver City Council and/or who were present at the June 13 Council meeting to support no further cuts to the Fall 2011 schedule and keeping an on-campus stop. Thank you also to the Culver City Council for continuing adequate on-campus bus service to West.

 

JUNE 13 UPDATE: The Culver City Bus will continue to provide on-campus service in Summer and Fall 2011. SUMMER will have a more minimal schedule. FALL will have the same schedule implemented in mid-Spring 2011. The College administration supports the recommendation, accepted by the Council, for more minimal on-campus bus service during the Summer and the implementation of the Spring 2011 schedule for Fall 2011. The City may evaluate ridership data again in Fall.

 

BACKGROUND

At the June 13, 2011 Culver City Council, the Council considered what on-campus bus service should be provided to West for Summer and Fall 2011.

WEST'S POSITION REGARDING FALL 2011: West is willing to continue with the existing reduced Culver City Bus schedule made effective March 28, 2011. Based on our survey of bus riders and input from faculty, we find the schedule, which offered just over 50% less service, less than optimal. However, in the interest of being good neighbors, it is adequate for now.

West strongly opposes the removal of the on-campus bus stop that serves as many as 600 people daily. Our concerns are access, safety, and the work and family needs of the riders. 

For over 20 years, the Culver City Bus (CCBus) has provided on-campus service to the West Los Angeles College campus. In the summer of 2010, in reaction to complaints from neighbors about construction and bus noise, the then campus president made an ill-advised decision to ask the CCBus to stop coming on to campus. There was immediate outcry from students, faculty, staff and others to reinstate the service. The on-campus CCBus service was reinstated in the Fall.

Since then, a small group of neighbors have stepped up efforts to reduce and/or eliminate on-campus CCBus service. To appease this group, in March 2011, the Culver City Council asked the CCBus to cut service to campus by 50%. West worked with the CCBus management to recommend schedule changes that would meet the 50% reduction, give some relief to the bothered neighbors, yet still serve students adequately. The CCBus submitted West's proposed schedule, with some changes, to the Culver City Council.

The Council and the college agreed the new schedule would be implemented at the end of March 2011. The schedule would be viewed as a pilot. It was to be evaluated at the end of Spring 2011.  

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SUMMER 2011

ON-CAMPUS BUS SCHEDULE

Mon - Thur, 9:00am - 3:00pm...view complete schedules

 

At other times and on weekends, riders will need to disembark at one of the Overland stops.

 

Contact the Disabled Student Programs & Services office if you need assistance getting to campus from an Overland stop. DSPS  (310) 287-4450

 

 

.FALL 2011

>> REDUCED BUS SCHEDULE

 

FYI: Two Culver City Buses serve West.

 

Prior to March 28, 2011, the #3 Crosstown dropped/picked up on campus every 20 minutes Monday - Friday. The bus also came on campus Saturday and Sunday. Service was reduced to every 40 minutes Monday-Thursday from 7:00am to 4:00pm. From 5:00pm to 10:30pm, service was reduced to every hour. The bus no longer comes on campus after 2:15 on Friday or Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

 

The #4 Jefferson continues to come on campus Monday-Thursday once per hour from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Friday the bus stops at 2:15pm

 

>> REPORT FROM SURVEY FINDINGS  

In April 2011, West surveyed over 200 of its bus riding students, faculty and staff. 18 faculty and staff who do not ride the bus but are Culver City residents were also surveyed.

 

Survey Findings Include:

  • 42% of respondents very dissatisfied with the reduced bus schedule

  • 16% of riders surveyed are Culver City residents

  • Bus riders regularly patronize Culver City businesses and contribute to Culver City's  economic health

  • While attending West, nearly 25% of bus riders described themselves as permanently or temporarily disabled. 

>> PHOTOS FROM

     THE ON-CAMPUS STOP

 

 

PROPOSED ON-CAMPUS BUS ROUTE

FOR FALL 2011 & BEYOND

The on-campus route to be taken by the Culver City Bus is currently being evaluated.

 

>> VIEW SURVEY TOOL  

This survey was available to bus riding students and West employees who are Culver City residents in an online and hard copy.

>> VIEW SURVEY DATA