DSU, SunTran partner to offer students, employees free rides

Dixie State University campus, St. George Utah, date unspecified | Photo via dsu.edu, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dixie State University and SunTran, the City of St. George’s public transit provider, are teaming up to allow DSU students, faculty and staff unlimited access to the fixed-route bus service at no cost to them.

DSU student Christian Marin, a business student from Colombia, studies the SunTran route map, St. George, Utah, date unspecified. DSU and SunTran are partnering to offer students, faculty and staff free ridership on the bus system. | Photo courtesy of Kassi Gillette, Dixie State University, St. George News
DSU student Christian Marin, a business student from Colombia, studies the SunTran route map, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Kassi Gillette, Dixie State University, St. George News

“Dixie State University is pleased to contract with SunTran to provide bus transportation for all DSU students, faculty and staff,” Paul Morris, vice president of administrative services at DSU, said. “In support of DSU’s continued growth, SunTran bus transportation provides a convenient and economical transportation option for the campus community and helps reduce daily commuter traffic and demand for on-campus parking.”

The City of St. George will provide unlimited bus rides and access to SunTran’s entire route for each person who presents a current DSU ID card. Consequently, riding SunTran is easy for Dixie students, faculty and staff as they don’t have to obtain a special bus pass or do anything to activate their membership.

Dixie students, faculty and staff will be able to take advantage of SunTran’s six convenient routes and more than 140 bus stops. The operation runs Monday through Saturday, 5:40 a.m. to 8:40 p.m. All six routes connect at the transit center near the DSU campus at 100 South and 1000 East, making it convenient for students to get to campus from anywhere in St. George and Ivins.

“We are excited to partner with DSU and to have more students on the bus,” Fred Davies, transit manager for the City of St. George, said.

In addition to alleviating parking congestion on the Dixie State campus, the agreement will make it easier for students without personal vehicles to get around St. George and consequently help them get involved in the community during their time at DSU.

“Dixie’s partnership with SunTran will save students money because SunTran is completely free for them,” Matt Devore, DSU student body president, said. “It will especially benefit our international students here at Dixie. Often, international students cannot get around town as easily due to the fact that they are here without a vehicle. So, having an option like SunTran will be an infinite help for them to get to and from school, the grocery store and anywhere else they need to go.”

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