Shuttle hours expanded, new destination offered

Luis Torres, Staff Writer

A new shuttle service that will take UPJ students from Blackington Hall to Wal-Mart has been implemented.

A large campus van is to be designated for the new shuttle. The van is to cover the route every 15 minutes from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The shuttle is incorporated as an addition to the College Park Apartments shuttle, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and includes stops at Richland Town Centre, CPA, and Blackington Hall.

It is a free service to students. To use the service, students are required to show a UPJ student ID card.

According to Student Senate’s Student Affairs and Campus Development Chairman Stephen Torquato, this new transportation medium will allow more students to attend to grocery-shopping needs in a safe and convenient manner.

“It will be easier for (students) to do bigger grocery orders rather than having to do small trips,” said Torquato.

According to Torquato, student government plans to advertise the new shuttle through fliers and e-mails.

Torquato said that Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar proposed the idea two weeks ago during an student government meeting.

“Spectar came to the student government and informed us of the need of a shuttle service for students to get to Wal-Mart. He said that, in the past, he has noticed students walking to and from Wal-Mart at odd hours and in cold weather,” said Torquato.