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Survey finds disappointment in shuttle timeliness

Student Government senators proposed a number of improvements to the AU shuttle system April 7, including a regular schedule for the buses, safer shuttle stops and a more efficient tracking app.

SG Senator for the Class of 2013 Brad Korten is one of four senators on a SG shuttle study commission, which reported its findings to the Undergraduate Senate. It conducted a survey in an email sent out to students on March 20. About 1,100 students responded to the survey, according to Korten.

“We would like to get an actual shuttle schedule,” said Korten. “Hopefully it would cut down confusion and infrequencies for students.”

Korten said members of the commission and the administration will meet at least one more time before the school year ends to discuss the recommendations.

Some short term recommendations proposed to the Office of Facilities Management include:

An improved, more publicized shuttle tracking app for students

Text and email alerts when an accident or delay occurs

Improved lighting at shuttle stops for students’ safety

The current shuttle tracking app works through the University’s mobile website. While it does show where each shuttle is, it does not give information about traffic, delays or other potential problems, Korten said.

Glenn Holmes, senator for the class of 2016 and another member of the commission, said the response from the University was positive.

“[The administration] were pretty much on board with all of our recommendations,” he said. “This is an example of good advocacy.”

cjohnson@theeagleonline.com


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