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Bobcat Shuttle Service Schedule Change Beginning Monday, April 6 

Updated 02 April 2020

Bobcat Shuttle Service

Transportation Services continues to evaluate ridership and the best ways to provide the safest possible Bobcat Shuttle Services during the COVID-19 “stay at home, work safe” order in the county. Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, the Bobcat Shuttle service will adjust to a new schedule:   

Monday through Friday 

  • 20-minute frequency* from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
  • There will be no Evening Service.
  • There will be no Night Service.

Saturday 

  • The Bobcat Shuttle will not run on Saturdays. 

*All frequencies are approximate. 

Please monitor your Texas State official email and the university and Transportation Services website regularly for updates on service as the situation changes. 

Note: The service schedule and ridership will be evaluated weekly, and service may be adjusted as necessary. 

 Consult the Bobcat Shuttle Calendar for more information. 

Shelter-at-Home Order – Why is the Bobcat Shuttle Running? 

Public universities such as Texas State are considered an essential function of state government and must remain open with essential staffing. Public transportation is also exempted from the Hays County “stay at home, work safe” order issued March 25, 2020, as it provides some individuals with their only access to health care, food, and other essential services.  Operating under this county order, Texas State continues to provide services to the more than 38,000 students enrolled in remote courses, some of whom do not have the option to move off campus and remain in our residence halls, or require the use of university facilities.   

Bobcat Shuttle riders must comply with social distancing and other practices the university has implemented to make riding the bus as safe as possible. 


Bobcat Shuttle Service Schedule and San Marcos Transit Adjustments

Updated 27 March 2020

Bobcat Shuttle Service

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the Bobcat Shuttle service will adjust to a new schedule:  

Monday through Friday 

  • 15-minute frequency* from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • 30-minute frequency* evening service from 6:30 until 9:00 p.m.
  • 45-minute frequency* night service from 9:00 to 10:40 p.m. with the last buses leaving campus at 10:40 p.m. 

Saturday

  • The Bobcat Shuttle will not run on Saturdays.

*All frequencies are approximate.

Please monitor your Texas State official email and the university and Transportation Services website regularly for updates on service as the situation changes. 

Note: The service schedule and ridership will be evaluated weekly, and service may be adjusted as necessary.

Consult the Bobcat Shuttle Calendar for more information.

Shelter-at-Home Order – Why is the Bobcat Shuttle Running?

Public universities such as Texas State are considered an essential function of state government and must remain open with essential staffing. Public transportation is also exempted from the Hays County “Stay at Home Work Safe” order issued March 25, 2020, as it does provide some individuals with their only access to health care, food, and other essential services.  Operating under the “Stay at Home Work Safe” order, Texas State continues to provide services to the more than 38,000 students enrolled in remote courses, some of whom do not have the option to move off campus and remain in our residence halls, or require the use of university facilities.  

Bobcat Shuttle riders must comply with social distancing and other practices the university has implemented to make riding the bus as safe as possible.

San Marcos Transit COVID-19 Adjustments  

The Interurban Express 1517 service has been suspended until conditions improve. Beginning March 30, 2020, “The Bus” will adjust operating hours to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fares will not be collected for the months of March or April.  Read the City of San Marcos press release.


Bobcat Shuttle Service Implements Social Distancing

Updated 23 March 2020

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.

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


Spring Break and Extended Spring Break

Updated 12 March 2020

As is normal practice, the Bobcat Shuttle will not run during Spring Break, March 14-21, 2020.  In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and Texas State extending spring break for students one week, service for the week after, March 23-28, 2020, will be adjusted as reflected below.

Please continue to monitor your Texas State official email and the university and transportation services website regularly for updates regarding service after March 28.

March 14 – March 21
The Bobcat Shuttle will not run during this time.

March 23 – March 26

  • The Bobcat Shuttle will run a 15-minute frequency* from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Evening Service will run a 30-minute frequency* from 6:30 p.m. until 8:50 p.m.
  • Night Service will run a 45-minute frequency* from 8:50 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. with the last buses leaving campus at 10:40 p.m.

March 27
The Bobcat Shuttle will run a 15-minute frequency* from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be no evening or night service.

March 28
The Bobcat Shuttle will run standard Saturday service.

*All frequencies are approximate.

Consult the Bobcat Shuttle Calendar for more information.

You can also follow Transportation Services on Facebook or Twitter.  If you have questions, please call Bobcat Shuttle Customer Service at 512-245-5555 or e-mail shuttle@txstate.edu