Saturday, April 30, 2011
While driving around the Orangeburg area, you may notice that gas prices are rising. According to SouthCarolinaGasPrices.com, in February, South Carolina’s rise in gas prices compares with the national average, increasing 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09 per gallon in some areas.
More students, faculty and staff are taking action to decrease the amount of money they would normally spend for gas by carpooling with their classmates and/or co-workers. They are also resorting to public transportation systems. In 2008, a survey was given to a random selection of students asking whether or not SC State’s Student Government Association (SGA) should provide shuttle bus services to students for transportation around the Orangeburg community. More than 80 percent of the student body responded and insisted that transportation services be provided to all students.
SC State University is now providing free shuttle bus service for students that will take them to various places within the city of Orangeburg. Scheduled to pick up students on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., shuttle buses will run every hour with pick-up locations at the J.W. Washington Dining Hall; Lewis Lab; Sojourner Truth Residential Hall; Andrew Hugine Jr. Residential Hall and the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. Shuttle bus service for Wednesdays and Thursdays are scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, and shuttle bus service for Saturdays are scheduled to end on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Spearheaded by Austin Floyd, senator-at-large for SGA, the shuttle bus service exhibits a cohesive schedule that meets the demands of the student body. “The shuttle bus service was initiated specifically to ensure that our students had a safe, convenient, and reliable way to reach their destinations without much hassle. It helps students to become more independent and exposes them to the greater Orangeburg area,” says Floyd.
Kayla F. Carter, a sophomore early childhood/elementary education major at SC State University, is excited about this new initiative. “That idea is excellent. It truly assists students who have no way to commute to areas around the Orangeburg community. The enactment of this program is long overdue on this great campus,” says Carter.
Due to popular demand, shuttle bus service will be expanded at a later date.
Shuttle Bus Service Schedules
For additional information about SC State’s shuttle bus service, contact Mr. Derrick Green at (803) 536-8939. For general information, contact Ms. Lillian Adderson at (803) 536-8258.