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Press Release - CARTS, City to Launch THE BUS with SMTX Roll Out Party

Oct 05, 2016



October 3, 2016




Kristi Wyatt, Director of Communications 512.393.8105 kwyatt@sanmarcostx.gov

Dana Platt, Community Services Director 512.505.5623 Dana@RideCARTS.com



CARTS, City to launch SMTX THE BUS with roll out party


SAN MARCOS – CARTS has long served as San Marcos’ choice public transit service, and now they are introducing five new busses to their fleet. In addition to the brand new 29-passenger busses, CARTS is rebranding the San Marcos transit system, now known simply as THE BUS. THE BUS is a newer, cleaner, greener city bus system that will revolutionize San Marcos transit.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, a soft launch will be held at the bus station at 338 S Guadalupe Street. The launch will include a ribbon cutting ceremony from 10 – 11 a.m. followed by coffee and donuts. All rides on Oct. 12 will be free to the public.

In celebration of the new busses, THE BUS will host a launch event on Oct. 14, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The event, SMTX THE BUS Roll Out, will feature local treats from Yogurt in Love, Gumby’s Pizza and HEB at four different bus stop locations.


Who: The City of San Marcos & CARTS


When: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 | 11am – 2 pm


·         CARTS San Marcos station, 338 S. Guadalupe Street

·         City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins

·         HEB, 641 E. Hopkins

·         Gumby’s Pizza, 411 N. Guadalupe

THE BUS will hold a competition from Oct. 12 - 19. To enter the SMTX THE BUS ROLL OUT competition you must like CARTS – San Marcos on Facebook, and post a picture either on the bus, at the bus stop, or at the bus station with the hashtag #smtxthebus. The SMTX THE BUS ROLL OUT competition winner will receive a free SMTX THE BUS monthly pass and a $20 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.  The details can be found at facebook.com/smtxthebus or at SMTXTHEBUS.COM

THE BUS runs on ultra-clean diesel and boasts a spacious 29-seat interior and doubles as a mobile office with free Wi-Fi on each bus.

THE BUS is free for Texas State University students (a partnership with the University), and half-price for seniors, persons with disabilities and elementary through high school students (with student I.D.). It is $1 for a one way ride, $2 for an all-day pass, and $30 for a monthly pass. Passes can be purchased at the bus station on S Guadalupe.

Route information will be posted at each stop and online at





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