(VIDEO) Festivities included cupcakes, a City of Lubbock proclamation and a gallery of photos depicting events from the first day of busing on campus.
Students who took the bus Monday (March 6) received a 'token of thanks' for relying on the ride around campus. The commemorative gold-colored coin mimicked the original tokens required to ride Lubbock buses. Today, they were handed out to celebrate the golden anniversary of bringing bus service to campus for Texas Tech students.
"The first day of on-campus busing was actually a trial. They advertised it as a busing trial and now that we're here, 50 years later, you can see it's a necessity for our students and employees here on campus," said Stacy Stockard, media relations coordinator for Transportation & Parking Services. "We have about 40 to 42 buses that run on these routes every day, so quite a significant jump from what the first day was."