The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

The University of Utah's Independent Student Voice

The Daily Utah Chronicle

Write for Us
Want your voice to be heard? Submit a letter to the editor, send us an op-ed pitch or check out our open positions for the chance to be published by the Daily Utah Chronicle.
Print Issues

Campus Development: Shuttle service expanding

By Tayler Covington

Driving might seem like the easiest way to get to campus — until you have to park. The U’s campus master plan is presenting more public transportation options for students, faculty and staff to get to and from campus.

The campus shuttle service, which is used by more than 6,000 students, would be expanded to include new routes on and off campus.

Instead of going around the business loop, through Presidents’ Circle and past Greek Row to get to the Union, a small shortcut would be added through the business loop to get straight to the Union. Another installment would put a road in place of the sidewalk that goes from the Legacy Bridge, past the HPER buildings and down to LNCO, also known as HPER highway.

“Having a road there would ruin the atmosphere, but if it meant getting to class on time, I would sacrifice atmosphere for an A,” said Brady Leavitt, a sophomore communication major.

The shuttle service would also expand to a one-mile radius from the U with key locations in the Avenues, University Street and the intersection at 900 East and 900 South.

Schedule coordination between shuttles, bus routes and TRAX is being planned to make public transportation more convenient.

The U will also implement a program called BusTracker, a Web-based system with real-time bus arrival predictions at specific time point locations along a bus route. BusTracker would let passengers know when the bus was arriving through text messaging, so they wouldn’t have to wait at the bus stop.

A study done earlier this year said students who live less than a mile away from campus are more likely to walk or bike to class. Students who live one to three miles from campus are more likely to use public transportation, such as TRAX and UTA busses. Although the U offers the UTA Ed-Pass and the University Shuttle System to students, those who live three or more miles from campus are twice as likely to drive themselves as those who live closer.

Ashley Vanderhoof, a sophomore in nursing, lives 10 minutes from the U but drives to school every day.

“Public transportation would be better, but with work and everything else, it is more convenient to drive,” she said.

[email protected]

Leave a Comment

Comments (0)

We welcome feedback and dialogue from our community. However, when necessary, The Daily Utah Chronicle reserves the right to remove user comments. Posts may be removed for any of the following reasons: • Comments on a post that do not relate to the subject matter of the story • The use of obscene, threatening, defamatory, or harassing language • Comments advocating illegal activity • Posts violating copyrights or trademarks • Advertisement or promotion of commercial products, services, entities, or individuals • Duplicative comments by the same user. In the case of identical comments only the first submission will be posted. Users who habitually post comments or content that must be removed can be blocked from the comment section.
All The Daily Utah Chronicle Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *