Wichita State to test free shuttle service

08/06/2013 10:36 AM

10/12/2013 12:54 PM

Wichita State University have tentative plans to begin a new campus bus shuttle service on Monday, the university said.

Under the plan, buses will run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. shuttling from the main campus to the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex at 5015 E. 29th St. North, about one mile north of the main campus.

There will be no charge, Joe Kleinsasser, a campus spokesman, said. The last shuttle run every day will stop at the complex at 10:30 p.m.

WSU created the shuttle to alleviate parking problems at the campus.

Classes don’t begin until a week later, on Aug. 19, but administrators wanted shuttle operators to have a week of practice. The plan will have buses pick up people at the Hughes parking lot every 10 minutes and take them to the campus, making several campus stops with every trip.

Some details need to be decided yet, such as how the service will operate during home basketball games, Kleinsasser said.

The university created a website, http://wichita.edu/parking, to explain parking changes and provide construction updates.

WSU eliminated some parking when it was 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.

Administrators also created of a new lot on 21st Street east of Corbin Education Center. The residence hall is scheduled to open in August 2014.

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