As part of the $100 million Invest Syracuse initiative to enhance the student experience, Syracuse University, in collaboration with Student Association (SA) and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), announced plans for a new pilot shuttle to service Euclid Avenue. The new shuttle route will increase late night, off-campus transportation options.
“One of Student Association’s priorities is to enable safe transportation of students around the campus and communities surrounding it. We were able to offer a successful ride-sharing partnership earlier in the semester that helped address this, and now we are excited to see one of our flagship initiatives become a reality in the spring semester,” says Franco. “We truly believe that this will improve the quality of student life for many, as students now can have access to a consistent, convenient and safe way to travel around the most heavily student-populated neighborhoods off campus. We are thankful to the many people who made this possible and appreciate the support of University leaders.”
Working with SA and GSO, the Divisions of Enrollment and the Student Experience; Business, Finance and Administrative Services; and Campus Safety and Emergency Services outlined plans to launch the shuttle. The Parking and Transit Services team assessed routes in the east neighborhood and found opportunities to expand services.
The Euclid Avenue shuttle route will operate during late-night hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with stops along Euclid Avenue down to Westcott Street. The new route will include stops most requested by students and run at an increased frequency. Additionally, due to student interest, beginning in the spring semester, the Price Rite, located on Erie Boulevard, will be added to the East Campus Bus route on Saturday and Sunday.
“We are pleased that one of the first Invest Syracuse initiatives to enhance the student experience comes as a result of direct partnership with student leadership,” says Dolan Evanovich, senior vice president for enrollment and the student experience. “The additions we are making will not only provide greater convenience and access to the east neighborhood, but also increase safe travel options when students live or travel off-campus. We look forward to continuing to work with Student Association and GSO to launch this program.”
Additional details, including times and route information, will be posted on the Parking and Transit Services website in the coming weeks.