Smooth Riding on the B

Map provided by Del Mar College

By John Maldonado

Del Mar students can ride the bus with a valid student ID. 

“My bus stop is at Prescott and Gollihar intersection,” said Emilio Esparza, 22, a criminal justice major. “I take bus No. 25 to the Port Ayers Transfer Station and then catch bus No. 19 to Del Mar. It takes about 25 minutes to get to school.”

A part of college registration fees are shared with the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority so students are not charged when boarding the bus.

Riding the bus can also save students from the hassle of parking.

“There are three bus stops along Ayers in front of Del Mar College, and two across the street. There is also a bus stop at Baldwin/Staples near the child daycare center and a bus also stops near the McDonald’s,” said Jeremy Sirio, marketing production coordinator for the CCRTA. “There is also a bus that goes into the interior of the campus but that one is strictly for paratransit.”

Sirio said that while West Campus just has a single stop in front of the campus, there are other options.

“There are two stops along Morgan/Vera Cruz that are often utilized by Vikings,” he said.

Students can use their student ID anytime during their registered semester including evenings and weekends with destinations to Robstown, North Beach, Padre Island and Port Aransas.

“Buses run between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. during the week and the hours are shortened during the weekend, depending on the route used,” said Rita Patrick, the transportation authority’s marketing director. “CCRTA services over 800 square miles to nine communities. There are 37 bus routes that stop at 1,338 bus stops.”

IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Students can track their bus in real time on the VikingGo app. Scroll down the index and click on “Transit.” Choose the “Running” tab, and select the street your bus stop is on. A map will pop up and show all the bus stops. Go to the “Stops” tab and select the exact bus stop you are at. It will list the buses and the times they stop there.

If you need assistance with the B-Line Paratransit Service or for more information on bus service in general, go to www.ccrta.org, call 361-883-2287 or visit the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority Staples Street Center at 602 N. Staples St. {see map}

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