Duquesne begins operation of shuttle bus for South Side students
This year when Duquesne University students returned to live in South Side for the school year, a new shuttle service was there to get them to and from school from the Flats.
The new shuttle bus operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m ., Monday through Friday, with an additional bus during peak hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On South Side there are seven stops between 10th and Muriel and 22nd and East Carson streets and two on the Duquesne campus.
The bus route comes down Forbes Avenue from the school, crosses the Birmingham Bridge for its first stop in South Side at 22nd and East Carson. The bus proceeds down E. Carson to 20th Street where it continues on to Wharton Street to 17th Street to Muriel and finally exiting South Side by the 10th Street Bridge. The route is expected to take about 12 minutes.
Duquesne University Public Affairs Director Bridget Fare said the shuttle was an effort by the school to be cognizant of the amount of cars students were bringing onto campus.
"Our goal was to improve the situation," she said.
So far, around 300 students have paid the $50 fee to use the shuttle this semester. Registered students, faculty and staff are permitted to purchase permits to ride the bus.
Duquesne knows of approximately 600 students living in South Side. Ms. Fare said the number could be higher because students often use their parents' addresses instead of their own as an official mailing address when registering for school.
Councilman Bruce Kraus said some South Siders are concerned the shuttle will increase an already tough parking situation in the neighborhood by having commuting students use the community as a park and ride. Ms. Fare said that wasn't the intention and the university has always been willing to work with the neighbors in the past when problems arise.
Duquesne students often participate in a number of service projects throughout the year in South Side. The most recent project saw nearly 200 freshmen in the neighborhood on August 20 to help clean up the neighborhood.
Ms. Fare said school officials believed they followed proper procedure when planning the shuttle by working with officials in the City of Pittsburgh Public Works Department. However, Councilman Kraus' office wasn't