Georgia Southern University will link the Statesboro campus and the Armstrong campus in Savannah with a shuttle bus service free to students, faculty and staff beginning Aug. 12.
“We are excited to offer this convenient service to the Georgia Southern community to further connect our campuses,” GS President Kyle Marrero said in a media release. “By taking advantage of this service, we become closer to serving the entirety of a region as one Georgia Southern.”
The intercampus shuttle will make two round trips on days that university offices are open, the announcement said. The bus will depart from the Russell Union on the Statesboro campus at 8:15 a.m. and again at noon. From the Savannah end, the bus will depart from the Armstrong Campus Sports Center parking lot near the Student Union at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.
The vehicle used will be a 24-passenger Ford F-550 single-aisle bus with an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant lift in back, GS Director of Communications Jennifer Wise told the Statesboro Herald.
Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, the media release stated. The shuttle is provided through the university’s Office of Parking and Transportation and operated by First Transit, the same company that operates the regular Southern Express bus service around the Statesboro campus and to nearby destinations on contract with the university.
How is it ‘free’?
Three ADA-ready buses are being assigned to the shuttle service by First Transit and were previously used at another institution it served, Wise told the newspaper, which asked for some details, particularly related to how the service can be provided free. The buses will be used in rotation, she said, but with only one apparently in use each day.
“We amended our current contract with First Transit, and the upfront cost was $0,” Wise replied in an email. “We are only charged for operational hours. We expect that the shuttle, for one year, will cost approximately $100,000. The shuttle will be funded by the Office of Parking and Transportation without additional student fees.”
Free Wi-Fi will be available for shuttle passengers.
Aug. 12, the start date of the new shuttle service, is also the official first day of the academic year, followed by convocation for employees Aug. 14 and the first day of classes Aug. 19. Consolidation ordered by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia made the former Armstrong State University’s campuses part of Georgia Southern effective Jan. 1, 2018. The university also has a Liberty campus, in a single large building in Hinesville.
On football game days, Georgia Southern Athletics will offer its own shuttle, which will depart the Armstrong Campus for Statesboro two hours before each home game.
For more information about the
university’s parking and transportation programs, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/parking.