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Friday, October 23, 2020

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SGA proposes change to UH bus lines


Students can ride the buses into the center of campus from the outlying parking lots and residence halls. Due to budgetary constraints, some SGA members suggest cutting some routes and stops. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar

This fall, students living in the Cullen Oaks and Cambridge Oaks apartment complexes may not be able to catch a ride on a campus bus from right outside their apartments anymore.

Student Government Chief of Staff Cedric Bandoh and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Senator Lucia Ayala Guerra are working on a proposal that would limit the bus routes to the parking lots and skip over the apartment complexes entirely.

“I know that option is not going to be popular with the student body because they’re going to have to walk across the street to get on the shuttle bus,” Bandoh said. “But given the financial situation that we’re in, that’s the best conclusion that we could come up with instead of getting rid of some of the routes.”

The proposal would do away with one bus route, the Campus Loop.

“We looked at the riding numbers, and students aren’t really riding (the Campus Loop),” he said. “It’s kind of pointless to be paying money to keep that route, so we got rid of it.”

The proposal should keep parking pass rates down; under the current system, the cost of passes could rise by as much as 20 percent a year.

“This was a tough decision, but we think it was the decision that was the best to keep at least most of the important routes online,” he said. “It may not be the solution that will make us all happy, but it’s the best one.”

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