Advance to school, pass go and collect DART GoPass

Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) students can now ride DART free with the Student GoPass using DART’s mo- bile app. The trip is absolutely free. The idea is that with more GoPass app users, there will be a steady decrease in automobile drivers on the road and cleaner air throughout the city.

The Student GoPass provides free trans- portation on all local DART bus routes, light rail and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

To meet the eligibility requirements, stu- dents must be enrolled in six or more credit hours for the fall or spring semesters and three or more credit hours in the summer semester. If they meet those requirements, students can obtain a Student GoPass by lling out a re- quest form. The GoPass app is available as a free download on Android and iOS devices.

The driving force behind the Student Go- Pass is John Robertson, chief nancial of- cer of DCCCD. “Since the DCCCD Board of Trustees approved the budget to pay for the GoPass, about $1.3 million, we have been working to get it implemented,” Robertson said. He added that it was “one of the Board’s priorities to help remove student barriers to getting an education and eventually a certi - cate or degree.” Robertson hopes all students who use public transportation will take advan- tage of the Student GoPass with the reminder that nothing is permanent and that opportuni- ties vary with the budget.

The GoPass app has been in existence for a while, but the Student GoPass is new. The start date is Jan. 1, 2017. Some current stu- dents may wonder why it took so long to im- plement such a program. Robertson said, “It is better to start a new initiative in the spring se- mester than the fall because so many students are new in the fall.

We knew that implementation would take some time also depending on the budget.” Student who need more information on the Student GoPass visit www.dcccd.edu/OnCampus/Discounts.