Summer proves successful for bus lines

By Philip Dalton

Summer busing proved successful for the second year in a row, according to Student Association officials.

SA Mass Transit Adviser Christie Kret said despite some troubles with advertising, the summer bus service was a success. “From the standpoint of the (SA Mass Transit Board) it was a success. It worked great and we may add new routes,” she said.

Kret said there were about 28,000 riders this past summer compared with about 13,500 last year. The number of buses in service were increased along with the fees.

The transportation fee was increased from $.45 to $.49 per credit hour, compared to the $3.60 per credit hour the full-time student pays in student fees during regular semesters. Kret said the total cost of running the service this summer was $20,000.

Kret said the board may consider expanding the service next year. “We did get some inquiries from engineering students who needed to get out to the engineering building in Sycamore,” she said.

Student reaction varied. Kris Baker, a senior math major, said he only used the buses to go to work. He added that he didn’t use them for school because he rode his bike.

Shay Pankau, a senior majoring in elementary education, said she didn’t use the buses but said she understands why they would need them with the amount of storms there were this summer.