August 23, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 1

Matador Trams to Give Northridge a Lift Starting in Fall

Passengers Will Catch a Quiet Ride at Four Stops Along Route When Service Begins in Early Fall 2004

The Matador Trams soon will be the new way to go on campus. Two 55-passenger trams will begin transporting students, faculty and staff around Cal State Northridge early in the fall semester, replacing the old bus shuttle system.

James Parlor, associate director of parking and transportation, said the Matador Trams will operate Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be no weekend tram service.

The cream colored open air trams, both accessible to disabled passengers, feature roll down curtains for inclement weather and monitors that display campus information.

Quieter and more environmentally friendly than their diesel-powered predecessors, the trams will make four stops on a route that averages 15 to 20 minutes of travel time round trip.

The route will start on Lindley Avenue between Kinzie and Lassen Streets adjacent to the University Park Apartments, skirt Parking Lot F8 and loop around the track field before heading south to its turnaround north of the University Student Union. The return trip will retrace the same route.

Tram stops:

Parlor said the ideal parking places for campus tram use by non-university apartment residents will be Parking Structure G9 at Zelzah Avenue and Kinzie Street, and Parking Lots F10, G10 and G12, all north of Lassen Street.

Apartment residents should use Parking Lots F8 or F9, or the lots near University Park Apartment Buildings 2, 4 or 5. "R" parking permits are required for those lots.

For more information, call (818) 677- 3946 or go to

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