Shuttle program should be implemented on campus

Noah Slowik, Reporter

Photo by Noah Slowik.
A shuttle bus program is a logical next step in campus growth.

As Lewis continues to expand in both acreage and population, it is no secret that the administration needs to take necessary measures to make transportation on campus quicker and easier for everyone.

For residential students who do not have a car on campus, it can be quite a hassle to get from one side of campus to the other. Add in a time constraint due to an undesirable course schedule with classes back to back, and making it on time can seem almost impossible.

Traveling from one class in De La Salle Hall to another in the Arts and Sciences building with 10 minutes in between puts a huge amount of stress on students. With Midwest weather on its way in the coming months, walking sounds even more miserable. What if a student wants to get from St. Charles Borromeo to the new Student Center opening next year? They better be prepared to walk well over a mile to get there.

Residential students aren’t the only ones who could benefit from this program, as commuter students and staff also experience the trials of campus foot travel.

In order to solve this issue of transportation, the university should implement a shuttle system.

In her article titled, “Rural College Campuses Solve Student Transportation Challenges with Shuttles and Bikes,” Jackie Yamanaka, reporter for WNYC, discusses the implications of a shuttle service in rural Montana universities.

“The MSU-Billings 18-seat bus is currently a pilot project. Campus officials say they will evaluate usage and work on a funding source at the end of the semester,” said Yamanaka.

While the long-term results of this program are currently unknown, the newly-instituted shuttle program has received positive feedback from some students due to the shuttle’s low cost in comparison to gas prices and its ability to help those who live farther away. This type of trial run is something that Lewis should, at the very least, consider instituting. After all, there’s a chance the system would be a complete disaster, with the possibility of buses being overcrowded or running late.

However, it is safe to say that we’re on the verge of a transportation crisis if the campus keeps expanding at the rate it has been in the last few years. We will never know whether a shuttle system works until it is given a try.