One tavern owner revs up a late bus

One tavern owner revs up a late bus

Moriah Howell

Junior Amali Knobloch gets onto the school shuttle at 2:30 p.m. to go to Walmart.

Milana Ballard, Contributing Writer

One benefit campus leaders offer to students is a shuttle to transport them to and from the Richland Town Centre shopping plaza. 

The shuttle hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

One can catch a bus at the Student Union or between Famous Footwear and Capri Pizza at the Richland Town Centre Plaza.

School officials do not offer any other regular transportation off campus outside of those hours.

Student Affairs Vice President Shawn Brooks told student senators that university officials are not interested in incurring liabilities by offering a late night transport service.

The idea of getting bar owners to donate time and buses to shuttle students around has been brought up.

Rob Barmoy, Woodside Bar and Grill owner, said he is willing to have a shuttle run to and from campus to his bar Thursday and Friday nights. If students show a lot of interest, they also will provide a shuttle Saturday nights.

The Woodside shuttle is to start running tomorrow.

“I’m trying to make it so everyone can get down to Woodside,” Barmony said.

“It’s all about getting the students there and back safely.”

Students can pick up the Woodside bus from campus at 9:45, 10:15, or 10:45 p.m. for $5 round trip. The cost of the ticket also includes the cover charge for the bar.

“No alcohol (allowed) on the bus but it is equipped with LED lights, music…They’ll be bumping the whole way there” said Barmoy.

Once boarding the bus, students are to be given two tickets.

One to be used to enter the bar, and the other to be used to return onto the bus.

“We won’t leave anybody high and dry,” Barmony said.

With one bar owner contributing to the Woodside bus, student senators are to ask other bar owners whether they would also help with supplying other bus options for students.

Most students seem excited about the idea of the shuttle.

“That’d be awesome,” senior Mohamed Hasson said. “It’s safer and it saves money for us poor college students.”

Having a late-night bus also could lower numbers of drunk drivers.

“Even with a designated driver, they get drunk just a little less,” Giovanni Dall’Amico said referring to certain designated drivers.

Amstrid Gomez, Student Government Association and Student Affairs chairperson, said she would take advantage of the late night bus

“I would definitely take advantage of a night shuttle because I don’t have a car.”