Referendum held to determine busing need

By Jim Tubridy

Students attending classes in the summer of 1991 might have their transportation worries relieved thanks to an upcoming student referendum.

The referendum, scheduled for Aug. 1, will determine whether or not students are interested in a $0.45/credit hour fee increase to support eight weeks of Huskie Bus summer service.

Since spring classes ended, SA mass transit adviser Todd Allen has received 10 to 20 calls from students expressing the desire to have the buses run throughout the summer. Huskie Bus Lines street operations manager Bob Schmidt said they have received about 50 calls from concerned students.

An informal survey conducted during the spring by the SA in The Star resulted in a 95 percent positive response to summer bus service. Allen said the response was encouraging but the upcoming referendum will be more accurate since only summer students will be voting.

If the referendum is passed, the SA will try to implement summer Huskie Bus Service by the summer of 1991. The SA has already proposed a plan to the DeKalb City Council that would call for the city to pay for bus service during the part of the summer when classes are not in session. The proposed plan would cost the city $10,560, Allen said.

SA Vice President Tanya Smith said,”{{There are}} no big objections from the city,” and, “{{There are}} no major obstacles except for some planned road construction along some of the routes.”

The proposal calls for two buses that will run at alternating 30-minute intervals. The first bus would alternate trips on the current routes 7 and 6.

The second bus will alternate on a route that will loop Greek Row to Hillcrest and Annie Glidden, go to Suburban Estates and back to the Holmes Student Center. The bus will also follow a combined 3/1 route and an extended 6 route including housing and businesses on route 5.

The referendum will take place Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Polls will be located in DuSable Hall, in front of the Founders Memorial Library and an additional poll might be located in Wirtz Hall. For more information or to volunteer call 3-0482.