Parking Services encourages students to utilize shuttle services

By Travis Hunter
On November 9, 2017

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Sarah Foster is just your friendly neighborhood bus driver, an she’s always more than happy to make the trip. The Shuttle runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The shuttle service at ASU will evolve to further meet the needs of students on the condition that usage increases.

"We’ve debated possibly adding drop-off points," Director of One Card and Parking Services Sandra Rosser said. "There’s also been some discussion of students wanting extended hours into the afternoon, and we would be glad to consider that once we see that it’s being utilized more."

Shuttle driver Sarah Foster said the shuttle currently averages around 10 student passengers daily, though numbers have reached nearly 20 passengers on their busiest days.

With posts about the shuttle service on various forms of social media, Rosser said the problem is not the lack of awareness, rather the low volume of passengers could be attributed to the fact that some students feel comfortable in their routines and see no need to change what already works for them.

"I just ask everyone try it at least once and see if it wouldn’t be beneficial for them before they rule it out," Rosser said. "They could actually be at class much quicker and know for sure where they’re going to park."

Harry Maslen, junior and frequent passenger on the shuttle service, said that the shuttle provides him with convenient transportation across the campus when he doesn’t ride his bike.

"I’m usually the only one on here," Maslen said. "I hope more people use it. It’s very useful."

The shuttle is a free service that runs every 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with two official pick-up and drop-off points: the west side of the Foster Field parking lot and the circle drive at the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance.

There are occasional stops at other places if there are few passengers onboard such as the Houston Harte University Center or the Rassman Building, Rosser said, which could become permanent fixtures on the shuttle’s route if the demand were to rise.

The shuttle service began in the spring of 2017 to counteract the construction projects on campus that had made parking a challenge, running specifically during the morning hours when parking is the most congested, and bringing students directly to the center of campus.

"We wanted to see if the students would like that better because they’d be able to park, get right on the shuttle, and go," Rosser said. "So, we’re really hoping students will give it a chance and see the benefits of it."

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