Op-ed: Students standing on shuttle causes safety stir

by Catherine Tersoni
edited by Emily Catuccio

If you try to ride the shuttle at 9:50 a.m., or 10:50 a.m. on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, you will certainly experience how overcrowded the shuttle is. You might even have to wait for it to take another lap around campus until you can ride because it is too full.

However, student drivers have been going against university policy by allowing more than 14 people to board and ride the shuttle at one time.

“It is a safety and liability concern to have people stand in the shuttle,” said Doug Lear, director of Facilities. Lear is in charge of the shuttle.

The shuttle is designed to seat only 14 passengers, and according to university policy, no one is allowed to stand. However, this rule has not been followed up until Thursday, February 2nd.

When Lear was alerted that drivers were allowing students to stand, Lear said, “If shuttle drivers are allowing this to happen, then they will all be reminded that standing in the shuttle is not allowed.”

When attempting to board the shuttle Thursday morning, students were told there was no room left and they had to wait until it came around again.

“I’m going to be late again,” and “I should just skip class now,” several students were overheard saying while they waited at the shuttle stop.

A solution to this problem would be to add one more shuttle in the morning hours. Students would not have to stand in the cold or frequently be late to class. Until that happens, students should plan when to catch the shuttle accordingly.


One Response to Op-ed: Students standing on shuttle causes safety stir

  1. How about the old theory of walking….Though you may have to get up a little earlier, plan on an earlier retirement at night.

    Joanne February 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

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