A new bus stop at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch has provided another transportation option for students attending the Pasco-Hernando State College, and staff members working there.
Pasco County Public Transportation added the stop, effective Sept. 29, in a loop near the college’s parking garage. The satellite campus opened in Wesley Chapel last January.
The bus route runs along the State Road 54 corridor. Buses stop at the campus every two hours, from 8:07 a.m. to 6:07 p.m. Students riding the bus are eligible for discount fares and passes when they produce a valid PCPT photo identification card.
The bus stop features a covered shelter where riders can wait.
“This is a wonderful addition to the Pasco County Public Transportation system,” PCPT director Mike Carroll said, in a release. “I encourage students who use the campus to consider using the bus service as their main way to commute to school.”
Students who catch the bus will save money on gas and transportation costs, he said.
Cross County Route 54 also includes stops in Zephyrhills, Shops at Wiregrass, The Grove, the Target Shopping Center and Medical Center of Trinity.
Porter Campus provost Stan Giannet said the college appreciates PCPT’s decision to include a bus stop there.
“We have received inquiries from students about the bus stop, and based on these inquiries, current enrollment and future enrollment projections, we believe that the location will be utilized by a good number of students,” Giannet said.
The campus began its fall semester with an enrollment topping 2,100 students, an increase of nearly 300 students over its initial enrollment in January.
Published October 8, 2014
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