News and Alerts
Summer 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 spring 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 - Federal regulations require customers to wear face masks while on public transit vehicles and when at the bus hubs. As Texas State University's Bobcat Shuttle system is recognized by the FTA as a public transit system, masks will be required until September 13 or until further notified.
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.
Summer Route Changes
Please review these changes closely to determine if your route has been modified.
Summer I and Summer II Shuttle Service
Effective Tuesday, June 1, the Bobcat Shuttle service will adjust to a new schedule:
Monday through Friday
- Routes will run the normal Daytime Alignment
- 30-minute frequencies* from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- One bus per route.
- No Evening Service.
- No Night Service.
- The Bobcat Shuttle will not run on Saturdays.
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.
Texas 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.
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.
We are reducing seating by approximately 50 percent to control crowding and allow more space between passengers.
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.