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Changes coming to shuttle service

Responding to student usage — or lack thereof — there will be changes coming this academic year to DU’s shuttle service.

Shuttle director Megan Enloe says a review of ridership for the vans that make regular circuits around campus showed that usage dropped off dramatically last year.

Running the routes from 6 p.m.–2 a.m. with two vans ended up costing the University of Denver $13 per rider.

“That’s too much, we can’t keep that up,” Enloe says.

This year, after reviewing the most popular times and usage numbers, transportation administrators opted to reduce the levels of service and target prime hours.

For the 2011–12 academic year, service will be limited to one van circulating around campus stopping at designated residence halls, academic buildings and sorority row every 30 minutes from 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

Another change this year involves the “accommodation” van — a service that helps students with temporary injuries or illnesses get around campus. To summon a van for daytime transportation around campus, students will need to register first with Disability Services Programs by calling 303-871-2372 or emailing dsp@du.edu.

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  1. Encouraging... says:

    Because having the shuttle even less available will make students ride it more. I understand the cost component but having one van every 30 minutes renders it useless- if you happen to miss the van by only a few minutes you might as well walk to wherever you are headed. Even more so, it becomes that much less likely to encounter the van at the light rail station after getting off the train having only two stops per hour instead of four. Quit being cheap DU, you raise tuition every year but you can’t afford to send two shuttles around?

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