Post Updated on 10/14/15
Bull Runner website link has been updated, a link to the current Bull Runner system map has been added, and the bus fleet paragraph has been updated to include the 30-foot Gillig Low Floor buses.
Today’s post could not come at a perfect time, as I am preparing to graduate from the University of South Florida with my B.S. in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing. 😀
During the month of July, I had an opportunity to tag along with former HART bus driver Jason Eames and local transit nerd Zac Ziegler as we stepped aboard the Bull Runner, which is the university owned and operated campus transit system. Jason previously worked with the USF Bull Runner system before coming to HART. Although my meeting with them was somewhat brief, it was definitely great to be able to meet them face to face at last as we rode on the Bull Runner Route C.
Unlike some universities, which rely on their municipal transit districts to provide on-campus public transit, USF has provided their own transit system for several years now. They even have their own bus fleet, which comprises of several Startrans and Glaval minibuses, several 30-foot Blue Bird and Thomas-Dennis buses, and several Gillig Low Floor 30 and 40-foot buses.
The USF Bull Runner system comprises of six routes; three of them travel to various off-campus destinations, such as apartment complexes where USF students reside.
- Route A: Campus Green Loop (serves many major points within the USF campus, including the Marshall Student Center, in a counter-clockwise direction)
- Route B: USF Health Line (serves the USF Health area of the campus)
- Route C: Off-Campus North Line (serves various apartment complexes to the north of the campus)
- Route D: Off-Campus West Line (serves University Mall, HART’s University Area Transit Center, and various apartment complexes to the west of the campus)
- Route E: Campus Gold Loop (serves many major points within the USF campus, including the Marshall Student Center, in a clockwise direction)
- Route F: Off-Campus South Line (serves MOSI, Busch Gardens/Adventure Island, and various apartment complexes to the east and south of the campus)
View a current map of the Bull Runner system (last updated for the Fall 2015 semester).
Although the buses I mentioned above can be assigned to any of the six routes at any given time, the Gillig Low Floor buses are usually assigned to Route C, due to it seeing the highest ridership of all of the routes. Route C is also the most congested of the six routes during peak times of the fall and spring semester, which is usually between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday through Thursday, when most students tend to take their classes.
To use the USF Bull Runner; you must be a USF Student, Faculty, or Staff member with a USF ID card. Visitors may purchase a daily visitor bus pass.