John Lloyd, co-chair of the Alternative Transportation Committee (ATC) and history professor at Cal Poly Pomona, has been appointed to the Foothill Transit Governing Board, responsible for bringing the benefits of public transportation to the community.
Lloyd has been a major supporter of Foothill Transit and a strong advocate for public transportation, including helping to bring programs like the CLASS Pass to campus so students can ride the bus for free, and the Silver Streak, a direct bus line from campus to downtown Los Angeles.
When he was a student at Cal Poly Pomona in the 1980s with an unreliable car, Lloyd made use of bus routes because he had few other options. Starting about 12 years ago, and as a faculty member, he began taking the bus once a week for environmental reasons, and so his relationship with Foothill Transit began in earnest. His passion for sustainability, environmental impact and accessibility has grown ever since.
“Public transportation helps students save money, reduces traffic congestion, keeps parking manageable, and it’s vitally important for our commitment to sustainability,” Lloyd said. “Statistically it’s safer than driving and less stressful, too.”
In his new role, Lloyd will attend board meetings and continue to strengthen the university’s relationship with Foothill Transit to provide affordable, sustainable and safe transportation for the campus community and the region.
Cal Poly Pomona has maintained a structure of support for sustainability and transportation initiatives on campus for years. Lloyd’s appointment announcement comes on the heels of the ATC’s 7th annual Town and Gown Bike Ride on April 21, which showed riders how bike-friendly the surrounding community can be on a ride from campus through Pomona, with around 65 registered attendees.
Lloyd is excited about the future of public transit on campus.
“I look forward to continuing to build the strong partnership Foothill Transit has with Cal Poly Pomona to provide affordable, sustainable, and safe transportation for our students.”