JSU Students Can Give Input on Transit System
By Steve Ivey
Star Staff Writer
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Students at Jacksonville State University
can have their say today and
Friday on where they’d like to get on
Officials from JSU and the East
Alabama Regional Planning and Development
Commission will be on
the second floor of the Theron Montgomery
Building from 9 a.m. to noon
to hear opinions on a proposed transit
system for the campus.Note: JSU faculty, staff and students may access The
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JSU commissioned a study on a
bus system as part of a $1.9 million
federal transportation grant the school
received in 2004. The Board of Trustees
agreed to go forward with plans in
At that time, Mickey Hall of Skipper
Consulting, a transit consulting firm in
Birmingham, recommended JSU establish
two campus routes and another
through the city of Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith
said he did not think the city planned
to include itself in the transit system.
Hall said a feasibility study found
98 percent of JSU students said they
would use a bus system, but he said
about 28 percent, or 2,500 students,
was a more realistic target for who
would use the shuttles daily.
Hall’s original presentation to the
board called for three routes from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Two buses
each would run on an east and west
campus route every five to eight minutes,
making 12 to 15 stops on each
Other buses would run 6 p.m. to
midnight Monday through Thursday
and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
JSU has about 4,600 parking spaces,
and about 3,100 of them are occupied
during peak times. Hall found about 30
percent of students, faculty and staff
who bring cars to campus move them
at some point during the day.
To alleviate traffic and make way
for the shuttles, Hall suggested restricting
parking on Trustee Circle and
University Circle to faculty and staff
only. Student parking would move to
the campus perimeter.
Under the original proposal, students
could ride the buses for free, and
the public could ride for $1.
The planning commission will have
comment cards available at the Theron
Montgomery Building. It will also accept
feedback by e-mail to earpdc@
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