The John Carroll University Loop Shuttle will discontinue its service to the Rapid Transit Authority stop on Belvoir Boulevard next semester.
Removing the stop will make the Loop Shuttle more efficient. The stop is used infrequently, and removing it will allow the shuttles to maintain a reliable schedule.
The residence life office and Residence Life Advisory Board should, however, offer shuttle stops to the RTA on the weekends immediately following exam weeks and immediately prior to the beginning of new semesters. This will accomodate students who use the RTA to travel home for breaks.
The Loop Shuttle schedule should be revised on these weekends to include the RTA stop on the shuttle route. Students must be notified of the schedule change in advance so that they are aware of the possibilty for longer waits and shuttle rides.
Another option is to schedule special trips to and from the RTA on these weekends. The Loop Shuttle could be offered at least two times on each of the weekend days when the shuttles halt services on their traditional route to provide rides to the RTA stop.
This would provide students with an opportunity to get to the RTA and would only be a minor interruption to the traditional Loop schedule.
During the week, students can use the CSS shuttle, which takes facultly and students to and from Target and the Green Road Annex, to get to the RTA; students need an option for the weekends when traveling is expected to be high.
JCU is commended for taking action to make the shuttle system more conducive to the needs of students and implementing the changes in time for the start of next semester.