Duquesne officials plan to come to South Side Forum
Duquesne University officials will be coming to a future South Side Planning Forum Meeting to discuss the shuttle bus service the school has begun operating in South Side for students, faculty and staff.
After hearing concerns from South Side residents about the shuttle, Councilman Bruce Kraus requested a meeting between university officials, community representatives and his office. At that meeting, university officials agreed to come to a future South Side Planning Forum meeting to address neighborhood concerns.
Approximately 300 students have paid the $50 per term fee to ride the shuttle. School officials say there are about 600 students living in South Side, but acknowledge the number could be higher because many students use their parents' addresses when registering for classes.
The shuttle runs about every 12 minutes 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. There are seven stops in South Side between 10th andn Muriel streets and 22nd and East Carson streets and two on the Duquesne campus.
The shuttle was an effort by the school to be cognizant of the amount of cars students were bringing onto campus. However, some South Side residents viewed it as their neighborhood being used as a "park and ride" with students driving in, leaving their cars on residential streets and hopping the bus to school instead of paying to park every day.
Bridget Fare, Duquesne University public affairs director, said the school doesn't have any indication students living out of the area are using the shuttle as a "park and ride."
"If people are noticing more cars it's because students aren't moving their cars anymore," she said.