The UFV Student Union Society (SUS) is driving change with a new shuttle bus that will run between the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses starting Sept. 3. UFV students had to develop their own bus route after years of trying to pressure the two cities to establish public transit.
SUS president Shane Potter said the new campus connector is the result of a partnership between the student association and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), which will fund 40 per cent of the costs of the initiative.
"I don't think words can describe how excited we are. It was a long time in the making," he said.
"There are essentially no viable transit options between Abbotsford and Chilliwack and students need to get from one campus or another to get to classes."
The 20-passenger, wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses will run 15 times a day in both directions Monday to Thursday, and eight times on Fridays.
The SUS held an online referendum in March asking students if they'd be willing to pay an extra $6.75 per semester to run the bus between the Abbotsford campus and the Canada Education Park and Trades and Technology Centre campuses in Chilliwack.
A total of 75 per cent of the students who voted supported the idea.
The semester hasn't even started and the buzz around the shuttle is already building, Potter said.
"We've been barraged by emails and people are already coming by the office asking questions."
The bus will remove barriers to the approximately 16,000 UFV students from various Fraser Valley communities who can now opt to take classes or programs on either campus.
The service also benefits the environment and means students don't have to own a car or pay for gas and parking, he said.
Jody Gordon, UFV's vice-president of student support services, said it was great to see the long-desired shuttle service launched. "It is very important to our university to have our campuses well connected," said Gordon.
The Campus Connector shuttle will stop at the Abbotsford campus and Abbotsford Park and Ride (near the McCallum overpass) and at two locations on the Chilliwack campus at Canada Education Park as well as the Chilliwack Park and Ride (near the Lickman Road overpass).
For schedule information on the shuttle visit www.ufv.ca/studentservices/shuttlebus.
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