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Unitrans Eliminates Fares (and Stress) During Finals Week

By Dateline Staff on March 15, 2017 in University

What’s as good or better than a Therapy Fluffy during finals? How about free service for everyone on Unitrans?

That’s what we’re getting all next week, March 20-24, when finals service is in effect on campus and across the city. No need to worry about forgetting your student ID or Unitrans pass. No need to fumble for change.

“No one needs added stress during finals,” said Anthony Palmere, Unitrans general manager, who added that driver Benjamin Linden came up with the idea (he’s a student, like all the other Unitrans drivers). “Not only are we reducing stress, but we will improve our schedule reliability so we can get you where you’re going, on time.”

At busy stops, Palmere said, passengers can board through the front or back doors. Once on the bus, people should move quickly into all available spaces.

Palmere said free finals week is “also a good opportunity to try Unitrans if you’re not already riding our buses.” 

He said Unitrans welcomes feedback on this finals week experiment, to help the bus system decide whether to offer free rides during every finals week.

If you’re looking at the Unitrans route schedules, remember to click on “Finals” — when buses run less frequently, and service runs later at night.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or