CARDINAL COURIER • C ardinal C o u r ier O n l in e . co m APRIL 22, 2009 C h a n g e t o R T S s e r v i c e d e b a t e d Boris Sapoztinikov The RTS bus stop moved from the front loop o f Kearney to the road in front o f Keough Hall thisyear.As thecampus shifts from the use o f a shuttle to RTS, students have expressed concerns about the safety of the bus and its usability. STA F F W R I T E R J O S U E C O R N I E R This year the Student Government Association (SGA) replaced the stu dent shuttle with the Regional Tran sit Service (RTS) in an effort to save money. However, some students feel that this option is not safe or conven- tient to use. College students often place impor tance on flexibility and value, which is what SGA was aiming for when they made the switch to RTS as students’ official transportation provider. The shuttle was only available for use on Saturday and Sunday, while RTS is available for use every day of the week. One reason for the switch was to lower costs. “It has saved SGA money,\ Director ofStudent Services Jim Kennedy said. \Tie school has taken on the cost and we've been able to do more club spon sorships and take on more services in general.\ However, not everybody is pleased with this change. Lyndi Hall, new multimedia coordi nator for the Student Activities Board (SAB) has not had a pleasant experi ence with RTS. \Students do not have a six-hour time slot in their days to take the bus to Wegmans and back,\ she said. \The bus system not only is very time con suming, but the drivers have never been pleasant or in any way helpful. \I will never take the RTS bus again and would not suggest it to anyone. There are sketchy people on the bus and I felt very insecure and felt my safety could have been at risk,\ she said. Kennedy believes there could be a great experience in riding the bus especially for those who are not from Rochester. \It is a different experience from those who are not from the city,\ he said. \There is a lot of diversity. On the same bus, you'll find both business men taking the bus to work as well as others who have no other way to get around.\ Students can pick up an all-day pass from the bookstore, Campus Center desk or the SGA office in the Campus Center. A bus stop is located on the road in front of Keough Hall. In addition, RTS has more times available. \RTS can tie back to the idea that it's flexible. It is flexible for the students who do not have a car on campus,\ Kennedy said. Kennedy also mentioned that the shuttle was costing SGA $450 each weekend. Despite these costs, Hall believes that SGA should bring back the stu dent shuttle. “I think that SGA should continue their own shuttle and discontinue use of RTS,\ she said. \It is not the safest thing for students, especially if they don't know how to use the bus sys tem. They could end up stranded in the middle ofthe city with no clue how to get back, which has happened to a friend in the past.\ Hall had no bad experiences with the former shutde and offered sug gestions on what could be done to improve the situation. “On campus, I have used the shuttle and have always had good experienc es. Sometimes the wait can be lengthy, but that is understandable since there is only one van,” Hall said. \We could have a shuttle system running back and forth to Wegmans or the regular bus system on weekends like they used to have. One reason I chose to come here was because of the shuttle. It was a turnoff when it was no longer offered.\ Hall felt as if she was trapped on campus when the switch occurred. \I felt stranded on campus and wasn't going to risk my life taking the city bus system which I had no clue about and nobody on campus was helpful on how to use the bus or un derstand the system,” she said. \Something should be done and we should continue to have our own shut tle on campus, but should also have a shuttle for off campus. SGA should investigate this more and if possible make some changes,\ she said. jjc013 S S @ s jfc.ed u Flower City B m I R e s t o r e Visit our home improvement retail outlet for great deals on everything— including the kitchen sink! Proceeds support creation of decent, affordable housing in Rochester’s most challenged inner city neighborhoods. ( 5 8 5 ) 6 9 7 - 2 0 1 2 7 5 5 C u l v e r R d . R o c h e s t e r , N Y 1 4 6 0 9 Needed: donations of like-new building, remodeling and home improvement items—pick-up available! R e S t o r e . r o c h e s t e r h a b i t a t . o r g CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF ! The Cardinal Courier would like to congratulate a ll'of the seniors graduating this year. It's been real It's been fun. Now go get a job. As for us, we are going to take a nice, long nap.