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Fall Service and Route Changes

The Bobcat Shuttle is committed to providing quality service to the Bobcat Community, and in cooperation with our riders, we look forward to a safe fall operation. Please take a moment to read and make sure you understand the processes necessary to share in the responsibility of making the shuttle riding experience as safe as possible.  

Shuttle Rider Code

All passengers will be required to follow the Shuttle Rider Code before, during, and after riding the Bobcat Shuttle, pledging to conduct a daily self-assessment and to not step on the bus if you have potentially been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any similar symptoms.
Signs and on-shuttle messaging will remind passengers of these changes.
Some of the most important and noticeable changes include:

  • Wearing masks or face coverings
  • Sitting in every other seat – out-of-service seats will be marked with a notice.  Please do not place your belongings on out-of-service seats.
  • No standing
  • Restricting ridership to a maximum of 20 riders

Please allow extra time for your commute, as the reduced capacity will affect travel times.

Fall Route Changes
Please review these changes closely to determine if your route has been modified; please review the Bobcat Shuttle Map
Monday - Friday

  • 10 - Bobcat Stadium - No changes at this time.  
  • 12- Bobcat Village - No changes at this time.  
  • 14 - Campus Loop - The Bexar stop will be replaced by the James Street stop. The Ingram stop will be added to Campus Loop. The layover stop will move from the LBJ Student Center to the Rec Center. 
  • 20 - Aquarena Springs – The on-campus stop will move from the UAC to Lantana to allow for social distancing.  The on-campus stops for the evening and night routes will remain at the UAC.  
  • 21 - Blanco River - No changes at this time. 
  • 22- Mill Street - No changes at this time.  
  • 23- Post Road - No changes at this time. 
  • 24 - Craddock will no longer be combined with the 28 - Holland; 
  • 26 - Wonder World - No changes at this time.  
  • 28 - Holland will no longer be combined with the 24 - Craddock. 

Saturday 

  • Saturday Routes will no longer stop at the LBJ Student Center, please use the Quad or the UAC instead.
  • Route 60, 62, 64 have been combined into the new Route 67 – San Marcos Circulator.  
  • Route 66 and 68 have been combined into the Route 68 – San Marcos Marketplace. 

Shuttle Alternatives
In addition to riding the Bobcat Shuttle, we encourage you to evaluate all transportation options including CARTS personal vehicles, bikes, scooters, or other alternative transportation.

Social Distancing

Cartoon of two people sitting apart from each other on a busTexas State University and the Bobcat Shuttle team are committed to protecting against the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. For the protection of all riders, new procedures to create responsible social distancing on Bobcat Shuttles are effective immediately.

Ride Safely

Bobcat Shuttle riders must comply with social distancing, wear facial coverings when social distancing is not possible, and follow other practices the university has implemented to make riding the bus as safe as possible.

Seating

We are reducing seating by approximately 50 percent to control crowding and allow more space between passengers.

Rear Boarding

To protect our operators and our patrons, the Bobcat Shuttle will be boarding from the rear door only. Please allow passengers to exit the bus before you board.

Allow Extra Time

Please plan for delays on certain routes by leaving early and allowing extra time to accommodate the additional safety measures and modified schedules. Note that arrival time estimates on the real-time GPS bus tracking system may not be accurate.

Extra Shuttle Rider Precautions

For those who are symptom-free and not part of a high-risk group, these are additional safeguards to consider when using public transportation:

  • Consider commuting during off-peak hours
  • When available, take a seat instead of holding onto poles and handles
  • Once at your destination, wash hands or use sanitizer

What we are doing for your Safety:

  • Even greater emphasis on disinfecting high-touch surfaces during daily cleaning
  • Posters reminding riders with CDC guidance on stopping the spread of germs 
  • Ongoing communication with local public health and emergency management officials to implement latest COVID-19 guidance.

Protecting the health and safety of patrons, employees and the community is our number one priority. We are using an antibacterial disinfectant to clean vehicles and facilities. It is also important that all of us turn to credible sources for information and follow health official guidance to wash hands frequently and stay home if sick.  Because of the rapidly changing situation, please monitor email and the university’s FAQs on COVID-19

Serving the Bobcat Community

Public universities, such as Texas State, are an essential function of state government and must remain open with staff.  Bobcat Shuttle provides some individuals with their only access to health care, food, and other services. The university will continue to provide services to the thousands of students enrolled in the summer sessions, some of whom require the use of university facilities.

San Marcos Transit

COVID-19 Adjustments  

CARTS and the City of San Marcos announce the Interurban Express bus service (1517) Gold Route will commence on August 24, 2020 to a modified schedule. In addition:

  • Fares will be collected
  • Driver will not sell tickets
  • Preferably no cash transactions
  • Please use Hopthru App for monthly or daily tickets
  • Tickets for purchase are available at Plaza Saltillo or at the San Marcos station
  • Route is subject to change at any time depending on ridership.
  • Ridership and usage will be continuously tracked daily, weekly and monthly
  • Due to social separation, there are seating limitations that will be enforced and face coverings are required

Passengers needing to get from Austin to San Marcos can also utilize the Interurban Coach 1510 Yellow Route.

Stay healthy and let's have a safe return back to school and service.

View the Fall Schedule at RideCARTS.com