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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 4:26 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 9:27 PM
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Now that Georgia Regents Univer­sity has received official state approval, school officials are taking steps to make the Summerville and health sciences campuses feel more unified – in spirit and in geography.

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Shuttle supervisor Thomas McFarland exits the GRU Jaguar Express Bus, which will move students between the Summerville and health sciences campuses every 15 minutes each day at Georgia Regents University.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Shuttle supervisor Thomas McFarland exits the GRU Jaguar Express Bus, which will move students between the Summerville and health sciences campuses every 15 minutes each day at Georgia Regents University.

On Wednesday morning, the school introduced the GRU Jaguar Express Bus, which will take students between both campuses every 15 minutes each day school is in session.

It can be useful for students who have classes on both campuses or those on the Summerville campus who want to use the fitness and recreation centers on the health sciences campus on Laney-Walker Boulevard, said Karl Munschy, the director of Business Services.

“This is just our beginning, so we’ve got to figure out how much ridership there will be and how much demand there will be,” said Munschy, adding that about 10 riders used the bus before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The bus will run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thurs­day and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The schedule might be adjusted based on student and faculty needs.

The service is paid for through students’ annual $35 transportation fee. This bus and route were added to the existing contract the school has with Horizon Motorcoach, which runs its Jaguar Express shuttle among the Summerville loop, Christenberry Fieldhouse and University Village.

Criminal justice sophomore Ashley Johnson stepped onto the bus at 11 a.m. after her classes were done for the day to see where the bus could take her.

Johnson uses a car to drive around campus but said the bus could save her gas when she wants to work out at the facilities across town after finishing classes in Summerville.

“It would help a lot,” she said. “I can definitely see myself using this.”

Nursing student Carl Adams said he expects to have classes on both campuses next semester. Because he already drives to school every day from Grovetown, the bus will make it easier to get between classes.

“That saves me gas, which I’m already spending a lot on,” Adams said.

Munschy said it was important to make the bus available for students Wednesday morning after GRU received state approval for the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities the day before.

It glided down Walton Way and across Central Avenue with the GRU symbol and Web site on the sides, which had finishing touches being worked on until about 1 a.m. by Sign Consultants of Aiken.

“They were on top of it,” Munschy said. “They were burning the midnight oil to get this done. We all wanted to have it for our students today.”

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I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 01/09/13 - 05:51 pm
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I am wondering why the Augusta Chonicle has failed to call it Georgia Regents University Augusta? Almost every article I've read since the Augusta name was officially voted on and added, Augusta has been removed from the headlines. If you aren't gonna call it the correct name, just keep calling it MCG.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 01/09/13 - 06:43 pm
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Every 15 minutes? The bus

Every 15 minutes? The bus must be running on air. Seems costly to me.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/09/13 - 06:44 pm
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Runs like Disney, Patty P,

Runs like Disney, Patty P, where money is no object.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/09/13 - 07:26 pm
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What happened to the "A"
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What happened to the "A" after GRU?

mosovich
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mosovich 01/09/13 - 11:48 pm
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Where's the A?

I thought it was supposed to be GRUA??

countyman
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countyman 01/10/13 - 12:17 am
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Mosovich... It's located on

Mosovich... It's located on the bus(logo).

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Riverman1 01/10/13 - 05:46 am
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Countyman, where do you see

Countyman, where do you see the word Augusta? I don't see it in either of the pics. I also don't hear it being used by the GRU administration as was agreed to with the Save the A group.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/13 - 09:27 am
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Click

RM, if you click on the picture, you get a larger image on your computer screen, and you can see the word "Augusta" in a faint gray color in small letters underneath the giant blue GRU.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/13 - 09:29 am
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Nickname

Hmmm, looking at my post above, I thought that “Big Blue Grooo” would be a cool nickname for the new consolidated university!

The thumbs will tell the verdict.

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Dudeness 01/10/13 - 04:06 pm
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The legal name will remain

The legal name will remain GRU. "Augusta" is just going to be thrown in on logos and such to identify the location.

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Old Timmer 01/11/13 - 12:11 am
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T. McManus Reporting 101

Why did you not ask about the cost of this service. I'm sure the public would love to know that the contract service signed off on by the old ASU group, cost considerably more than the in-house service the old GHSU could have provided. To me that is an important part of the story unless you were just going for a fluff piece. Oh and by the way, the overpriced contract just happens to be their largest minority contractor. All the puzzle comes together.

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