Wichita State plans bus shuttle service to ease parking issues

08/05/2013 10:01 AM

08/06/2014 8:35 AM

Administrators at Wichita State University will create a bus shuttle service to help alleviate parking problems at the campus, president John Bardo said.

Administrators plan to urge campus visitors to park at its Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 5015 E. 29th St. North, about one mile north of the main campus. The complex houses university offices and conference rooms.

The buses will begin running the week of Aug. 12, to give drivers time to practice before classes begin Aug. 19, said Joe Kleinsasser, a university spokesman. The plan will have buses pick up people at the Hughes parking lot every 10 minutes and take them to the campus, with “three or four stops,” on campus with every trip, Bardo said. Administrators planned to meet Monday afternoon to finalize details, Kleinsasser said.

The university has created a website, http://wichita.edu/parking, to explain parking and make suggestions.

Bardo eliminated some parking when he decided to build a new residence hall inside the campus, in a space between the Morrison Hall administration building and Cessna Stadium that was a parking lot. That cost 750 parking spaces on a campus where people already complained about parking.

Bardo also ordered the creation of a new lot, Parking Lot No. 5, on 21st Street east of Corbin Education Center. That lot is completed, paved on the site of the former Heskett Center play fields, which adds about 400 spaces. The fields are being replaced by newer and larger fields at the Hughes complex.

The residence hall is scheduled to open in August 2014.

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