The Success Summit is a first of its kind event in San Mateo County. Developed in 2013, the annual summit creates avenues for discussing and developing innovative strategies and creative solutions for solving tough issues that affect San Mateo County businesses and residents.
Community members from the business, nonprofit, civic, academic, and government sectors are invited to participate in interactive discussions on themes significant to north county. Each year, participants tackle different issues, and generate new ideas to solve them.
Case Study: The Skyline College Express Shuttle
Getting to Skyline College’s campus can be a serious challenge for many students. Limited public transportation options and the college’s location can mean long commute times, or the need to take a personal vehicle to campus.
The 2013 Success Summit arrived at a key challenge that needed to be addressed. Titled “The Last Mile,” the challenge focused on how to identify and create sustainable opportunities for the Skyline College community – including students, faculty and staff – to conveniently and economically travel to campus.
As a result of the Summit, and the subsequent assessments, reports, and grant initiatives that resulted, Skyline College was awarded a two-year grant to establish a free non-stop, round trip shuttle service between the Daly City BART station and the campus, thanks to the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and the City and County Association of Governments of San Mateo County.
The Skyline College Express shuttle service launched in August 2016, just in time for the start of fall semester classes. The shuttle has been a huge success, with ridership outpacing original estimates – students took an average of 5,000 rides per month on the shuttle in fall 2016 and spring 2017.
When asked why they used the shuttle, 84 percent of students cited free ridership as their top reason, 64 percent noted that it reduced their commute time, and 50 percent of riders used the shuttle because they didn’t have access to a car or other vehicle. Open to students, faculty, staff, and community members, the incredible positive response underscores the critical need for this service and the importance of removing a common logistical and financial barrier for students. Potential students who otherwise had no means of transportation to attend college now have access to world-class educational opportunities.