The University of Southern Mississippi is one of the key economic and cultural assets in the city of Hattiesburg, and, as we endeavor to become a premiere city in the Gulf South, another key objective is to grow and cultivate the next generation of Hattiesburg citizens, and when we consider that thousands of students arrive in Hattiesburg each year to attend Southern Miss, establishing and strengthening the bond between new students and our community is an opportunity and must be a priority. USM faculty, staff, and students will use their university ID to access the city’s transit system free of charge. This exciting announcement is part of a number of enhancements to the city’s transit lines, which will also launch on July 2nd. The Hub City Transit system will make students’ lives easier, and it’s absolutely free for us. Students, whether you need to get to your residence hall, to the Union, to an Eagle dining facility, to a parking lot, or, most importantly, to your classes, you’ll be able to catch a ride there on one of our new buses. The Hub City Transit system also provides direct access to city routes, allowing us students to occasionally get off campus and travel all over the city. This means that, whether or not you have a car, it’s going to be easier to get around, and it’s all because the city and the university leadership has our backs.