By Endeja Carter
The ideal of shuttle services at universities empowers students to get up, and jump on the shuttle instead of driving to class, then across campus on foot to make it to class on time.
The main reason universities offer shuttle services for students is for convenience. Other reasons included: time, accessibility, and parking availability.
William Peace University for many years in the past used to offer shuttle services for the upperclassmen students who lived off-campus. Two shuttle buses for the students that would operate on a timely basis throughout the week.
Just before the spring semester ended last year, WPU announced that it decided to cancel its shuttle services for the students because not enough students were using the shuttle regularly and many were using their cars to get them to and from school.
Many students , particularly those who don’t have cars, are still upset about the transition they had to make due to this cancellation of the shuttle buses.
“I had to change around my whole living situation due to me not having a vehicle for school,” said junior Julia Benitez. “I had to move back on campus and live in the dorm halls instead of off-campus in the apartments where I would normally feel more comfortable in my own space.”
Others noted that COVID-19 would have made the shuttle less useful this school year.
“It can be a little risky to drive to and from school every day simply because of traffic and a lot of other factors play a part in this,” said senior Tiffany Brizuela ,who rode the shuttle regularly last year. “However, I have accepted the fact that COVID is present, and riding the shuttle there would probably be a lot of restrictions that I would have to get adjusted to.”