Bus line to extend W3 route to dorms

By Maureen Morrissey

The Huskie Bus Line’s Weekend Route 3 will extend its route further through the residence halls, the Student Association Mass Transit Board decided Monday.

Beginning 6 p.m. Friday, the W3 will run past Grant and Stevenson Towers and Douglas Hall, which is the weekday route of bus 4R, in addition to its scheduled stops.

SAMTB Adviser Dave Pack said the additional stops “will not increase run time or cost.”

The W3 runs from the Holmes Student Center through greek row, down Annie Glidden Road north to Suburban Estates and back south on Annie Glidden to Lincoln Hall, east on Lucinda Avenue to the center.

Weekend routes are in effect Monday through Thursday after midnight and from Friday at 6 p.m. until Sunday at 2 a.m.

SA Senate Speaker John Fallon requested that SAMTB look into the possibility of a residence hall-greek row shuttle to accommodate traffic between the two areas, Pack said.

Fallon, however, had hoped for daily service, Pack said.

“A bus to provide Monday-through-Thursday service would be an additional expense,” he said.

Charlie Battista of Huskie Line said “the additional mileage that will be added to the route is not significant.”

In other SAMTB business, the board approved a 33 percent increase of advertising space on the buses to the NIU atheletic department.

Mary Mihelich, assistant athletic director of Promotions and Marketing, said the space “will be used for promoting ticket sales and attendance for football games.”

Currently, any advertiser is allowed to fill 20 percent of advertising space on the buses.