College students in Southern New Mexico may ride the local bus service for free with a valid student identification card, according to a published report.
Starting this past Monday, students at New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College - both of which are in Las Cruces - may ride the RoadRunner Transit bus system for free throughout the academic year for 2012-2013, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
The student identification card that must be presented on each occasion that one is pursuing a free ride must include the picture of the Organ Mountains with the tower at Goddard Hall, which is situated in the foreground.
Students who are not equipped with that identification card may acquire one simply by contacting the offices for identification cards on their respective campuses.
Earlier this month, the Las Cruces City Council granted approval to temporarily waive the fees that would have been charged as part of the effort to gather information that might drive toward a formal pass program. That might begin in time for fall semester of next year, according to transit administrator Mike Bartholomew with the city of Las Cruces.
Such programs are apt to appear in locales where a public transit system is in operation and that hosts institutions of higher education. The schools and the transit authority typically arrive at an agreement that often has the school remitting an annual sum that derives from student fees.
In addition to providing wide access, the programs also are able to fund transportation capacities that may prove to be beneficial to students and members of the communities.
New Mexico State University dates back to 1888 when Las Cruces College opened a two-room building, according to the school's website.
Established in 1973, Doña Ana Community College offers associate degrees and technical certificates, the school's website states.