Smooth Start for WSU Shuttles

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email
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The parking issue at Wichita State University is nothing new, and this year it's only gotten worse with construction and some lots converted to faculty parking.

"I mean I've been here for four years and every year I've been here there's been complaints," said Wichita State Senior Nicole Miller.

What is new is the shuttle system the university is now offering as a solution. Chief Marketing Officer Barth Hague rode the shuttle for about an hour for the first day of classes yesterday, and says his experience was a good one.

"From what we saw, it went very well," Hague said. "We were actually pleasantly surprised by the number of riders that we had, far exceeded our expectations, and I think the general demeanor for the folks who were getting on the bus, they were fairly happy."

Students have had mixed reactions to the new option.

"I mean it's really convenient I think, I think it's a great solution to the lack of parking spaces that we have," Miller said.

"It's good that they have it, because we would have all been in trouble if they hadn't," said Junior Rita Mihalek. "But it's just inconvenient because you know, you're not on campus."

The school says there is enough parking on campus to accommodate everyone, but the challenge is parking close, so that's where the shuttles come in useful.

They run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., picking up at the Hughes Metro-Plex at 29th and Oliver and there are five stops on campus.

The university signed a three year contract with Overland Charter, the first year costing about $400,000. The school says this cost is significantly less than what it would cost to build a parking garage.

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