President Harrison celebrates the opening of the new transit station on campus

President Harrison celebrates the opening of the new transit station on campus

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President Dianne Harrison celebrated the opening of the transit station on Aug. 30.

The new transit center embodies CSUN’s commitment to achieving and attaining a more sustainable campus. Harrison hopes for the new transit station to help improve access to cost effective public transportation for students on campus, commuters and the local business community.

“The transit station will further reduce traffic as well as our environmental footprint,” Harrison said. “It will also enhance safety amongst students because the transit lanes are closed to all other vehicle traffic and pedestrians.”

President Harrison laughs with Congressman Brad Sherman during CSUN’s transit station opening ceremony on August 30. Photo credit: Loren Townsley / Photo Editor

Congressman Brad Sherman and L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander joined President Harrison for the opening. Sherman secured the federal funding for the transit center under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.

“His strong support over the years has made this university stronger. It has helped us to better serve our students and our staff and our faculty and meet the needs of this region,” Harrison said.

Sherman presented CSUN with an American flag to honor the campuses excellent service.

“One of things that I get to do as a member of congress is to get a flag that is flown over the capitol of Washington, D.C. and to present it to an organization that is an outstanding service to us here in the San Fernando Valley,” Sherman said.

Sherman and Englander both agree students should use the transit station because they believe it will be more cost efficient and the money will be better spent on textbooks.

“You can get on the bus right here and go anywhere,” Englander said. “We are going from a tank to text(books).”

The transit station is currently serviced by Metropolitan Transportation Authority, local and rapid buses, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, CSUN Metro, shuttles and trans services for people with disabilities. The station is expected to greatly improve transportation within the Northridge community.

“Public transportation is more than just a fad,” said Mel Wilson, director of the MTA board and CSUN alumni. “It’s a way of life. It’s a way to stay connected.”

Video by Jonathan Bue