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Transportation Fee Referendum

NOTICE: The Transportation Fee Referendum passed. Thank you to everyone who supported the vote and for continuing to support The Runner.

Vote to Ride The Runner

Your vote matters during the Transportation Fee Referendum. Learn how The Runner provides easy transit on the Main Campus and how you can positively impact its operations. Students can vote on RowdyLink from March 3-4.

What is the transportation fee and why is it important?

The Runner, UTSA’s Main Campus transit system, provides service to and from on-campus parking lots and select nearby apartment complexes. The Runner operations are subsidized each year by funds from other accounts as the total received from student fees no longer fully covers operations. If the proposed rate passes, it will prevent significant cuts to shuttle service. Your vote matters.

Current Rate

Established in 2008

Cost per term

  • $20 per term (fall, spring, and summer).
  • This rate began in 2008, and has not been increased.

Ridership in 2008

  • Total Ridership: Approximately 800,000

Drivers in 2008

  • Approximately 20

Services in 2008

  • On-campus routes only

Proposed Rate

Would begin fall 2020

Cost per term

  • $35 per term (fall and spring)
  • $20 per term (summer)

Ridership in 2019

  • Total Ridership: 1,755,235 (more than double the 2008 ridership)

Drivers in 2019

  • Over 55 full and part-time drivers

Services in 2019

  • On-campus routes
  • Off-campus routes
  • Shuttle tracking through The Runner GPS app
  • Route optimization
  • “Slip-seat” process to decrease the number of buses utilized during operating hours and reduce the amount of bus idle time

If the Rate Doesn't Increase

Elimination of Routes

No service to route 13 from the East Campus lots and potential elimination of one or more off-campus routes from nearby apartment complexes.

Less Route Frequency

Decreased route frequency to all current routes, especially route 43 servicing the outer campus parking lots.

Reduction in Force

Reduced routes and shuttle frequency results in fewer employed drivers.

Longer Wait Times

Longer wait times on remaining routes. Riders will need to walk to and from East Campus outer lots and the central part of campus.

Benefits of the Proposed Rate

Keep Your Service

Your vote matters. Help prevent significant cuts to shuttle service for UTSA students.

Support Growing Ridership

Since ­2008, ridership has more than doubled without a change to the transportation fee. As UTSA grows, ridership will continue to increase.

Reduce Vehicles on Campus

Riding The Runner prevents approximately 3,000 personal vehicles from parking on campus at peak times, increasing parking availability.

Ride and Go Green

Reduce CO2 emissions and boost sustainability by riding The Runner instead of driving. In 2019, The Runner saved an estimated 1,664,488 personal vehicle miles.

How do I vote?

Voting is open on March 3 and 4 through RowdyLink.
  1. Go to the RowdyLink website (
  2. On the RowdyLink home page, click Sign In in the upper right corner
  3. Login with your MyUTSA ID and passphrase
  4. Click the Vote Here button
  5. Submit your vote

Questions about The Runner?

Call (210) 458-7275 or email


VIA U-Pass

VIA U-Pass

Current UTSA students and employees ride VIA for free. Learn more, then watch how to use VIA U-Pass.


The Runner GPS App

The Runner GPS App

Track your on-campus shuttle in real-time and receive live updates. Download for free on the App Store and Google Play.


Real-Time Parking Occupancy

Real-Time Parking Occupancy

Find parking availability on campus.