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Late Night Shuttle route may be expanded for 2014-15

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 8:42 am

Western’s Late Night Shuttle route may be extended from Bill McDonald Parkway down to 21st Street, east on Donovan Avenue and back north through 32nd Street.

Associated Students Vice President for Student Life Robby Eckroth expects the route to be incorporated during fall 2014 if the neighborhoods accept the plan, he said. 

 The Office of Alternative Transportation is hosting meetings to present a plan to Western and the community to extend the route. 

Sustainable Transportation and Campus Conservation Program Manager Carol Berry oversaw the creation of the shuttle in 2007. 

More apartments have been built  in the Happy Valley neighborhood since the Late Night Shuttle first started, increasing the demand for bus access in the area, Berry said. 

Surveys taken by the Office of Alternative Transportation have shown many students buy parking passes and drive less than a mile from South Campus because no late night bus service is offered, Berry said. 

The new route should have the same fee, serve a greater number of students and run on convenient time frames, Berry said. 

Eckroth made it his goal to extend the shuttle to more students who live on South Campus, primarily to reduce the risk of crime and enhance safety, he said. 

“We need eyes on the street, and the buses are a great way to do that and also provide students a more accessible way to get around,” Eckroth said. 

Happy Valley had 26 assaults, 59 burglaries and 107 vehicle prowl reports in 2013, according to Bellingham Police Department crime statistics. 

The next step for the Office of Alternative Transportation is to pitch the route change to the neighborhood affected. 

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