Shuttle service to offer off-campus travel on weekends
Lamar University’s shuttle service plans to broaden its reach with a weekend shuttle route starting on Saturday, Sept. 28, in response to a request from the Student Government Association.
“We wanted to accommodate the wishes of the student body by expanding the shuttle service and also give students the opportunity to explore the Southeast Texas community,” said Teresa Simpson, Interim Director of Student Leadership Development. “One shuttle will continue to offer its service around campus while the other will run every Saturday from 12-4 p.m. to places such as the mall and the movies in Mid-County.”
Two icons with GPS locators are in the works to be added to the free Lamar Mobile app, one for each operating shuttle. Also, the shuttle map route and schedule will be posted on the app.
“The app will allow students to see where the shuttle is at any given time, making it more predictable,” said Jason Goodrich, police chief. “We encourage students who can to take advantage of the shuttle. It is a great addition to the university.”
This summer, the current shuttle was replaced with a brand new 12-passenger red van decked out with the Cardinal logo and emblazoned with the Mary and John Gray Library in an effort to stand out for easier student recognition.
“The entire university can take pride in this new van,” Goodrich said. “This year we have witnessed an increased number of passengers and received many compliments about our current shuttle. The van is now well-marked so students can spot the shuttle in public, and it is more aesthetically conducive to students wanting to ride the shuttle.”
Accessible all year round, the shuttle, a joint initiative by the Lamar University Police Department, Office of Student Affairs, International Student Services, and the Student Government Association, presently travels a set route including campus locations and sites around the immediate vicinity of the campus from the hours of 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily. To use this free service, students must have a valid ID.
The current shuttle map route and schedule can be found on the LUPD’s online site at http://universitypolice.lamar.edu/parking/index.html or picked up from the Parking Office in Parker 109. For more information, contact the LUPD at (409) 880-8307.
Information on downloading the free Lamar Mobile app can be found online at m.lamar.edu.