Bus line rerouted to Barsema

By Casey Toner

Starting this semester, students no longer will ride a shuttle bus to Barsema Hall.

The Student Association replaced the Barsema Hall shuttle this semester by extending existing Huskie Line routes toward the building.

The “L” and “R” buses will run on Lucinda Avenue and stop near Kishwaukee Drive near Barsema Hall. At the end of Kishwaukee Drive, it will track back to Gilbert Drive, where it will resume its previous route.

The new bus routes should strong arm campus students into keeping their cars parked in the parking lot, said Aaron Langguth, SA director of transportation. Students with orange permits can no longer drive into campus, he said.

“As long as they want to get somewhere, they’re going to have to take the bus,” Langguth said.

They eliminated the shuttle to accommodate another freedom mobile, Langguth said. Since he instituted the change, he said business students have responded positively.

The university uses the freedom mobile to aid the needs of physically handicapped students, Langguth said.

The No. 7 bus will stop at Best Buy, 2074 Sycamore Road, and the second No. 7 weekend bus will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. The weekend No. 4 bus will start at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.

Disinterest in the Fox Valley Mall led to the elimination of the Fox Valley Mall shuttle and the Route 59 Metra Station bus routes, Langguth said.

Instead, the Metra shuttle will stop at the Geneva Metra Station twice on Fridays and three times on Sundays. The cost is $4 for students, $6 for faculty and $7 for the public.