The University Shuttle bus provides residents of Campus Crossing, The Edge and Province apartments access to Williams Dining Hall via Williams Avenue. Operating on weekends from 9 am to 7 pm as well as weekdays so students may reach class schedules, it also features an embedded GPS system so users can track its exact location.
University Shuttle bus ensures the safety of its passengers by disinfecting its vehicles throughout each day, to remove any contaminants or bacteria which might have collected on handrails or surfaces. In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers are installed on each bus, all drivers have received training in CPR/First aid/EMT certification and Automatic External Defibrillators have been installed on every bus in its service fleet.
The University provides a complimentary shuttle bus service with 18 routes covering 14 stops for students and faculty alike, the route map can be found online. Unfortunately, the shuttle does not operate during University holidays, winter break, or when classes are cancelled.
Students wishing to use the shuttle must present their OneCard ID when riding. While wearing a mask is optional when riding the shuttle, students should use common sense when making decisions regarding personal safety.
Purchase of Vehicles
A major expense associated with starting up any shuttle service is purchasing their motor vehicles. Depending on its size and passenger capacity, new 15-passenger models can cost as much as $50,000 while used buses can often be found for as little as $25,000. Furthermore, new shuttle services must also acquire all required licenses to conduct business legally within their state – usually this can be accomplished by registering as a business and purchasing licenses from local government entities.
University Shuttles are subject to routine maintenance and daily inspection, including disinfecting their exterior, interior and window surfaces as well as overnight sanitization and all touch points being regularly washed down – including hand rails – regularly washed. In order to further safeguard students and employees, an EPA-approved cleaner is used on each shuttle to prevent mold growth as well as equipped hand sanitizer dispensers with COVID-19 signage installed.
Running an effective shuttle service requires a highly skilled team of drivers that take direction well and prioritize customer satisfaction. Drivers should be able to work independently, follow routes precisely, and be quick in responding in case of an emergency situation. In addition, companies should invest in advanced routing software that creates the most cost-efficient routes for its drivers; this can reduce recurring expenses and increase profitability. Furthermore, legal entities and liability insurance must also be established and purchased in order to minimize upfront costs more quickly so their shuttle services become profitable more quickly.