Shuttle bus will help with ASU parking issues

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Augusta State University students will have to pay more this fall for parking and transportation, but school officials hope there will be fewer headaches as a result.

  Nate Owens/Staff
Nate Owens/Staff

A new shuttle bus will begin carrying students to and from University Village, Christenberry Fieldhouse and the university's Walton Way campus.

"For many years, students have asked for this," said Karl Munschy, the director of business services. "As you've probably heard, parking is a premium here on the main campus."

Last fall, the Student Government Association passed a resolution prompting the university to poll the student body to determine interest.

Of those who responded, 49.3 percent said they would use a shuttle daily or several times a week, and 9.5 percent said they would use it a few times a month.

"It's my firm belief that every student will benefit even if you never step foot on a shuttle," Mr. Munschy said.

Students who use the shuttle won't have to worry about circling parking lots in search of a space, and those who don't will have less competition for parking, he said.

Students had been paying $3 a semester to ride Augusta Public Transit and a $20 parking permit fee. They will now pay a $35 fee, which will include Augusta Public Transit, the parking permit and the shuttle bus. The amount was set by the student government.

That's low compared with other universities, Mr. Munschy said. Some universities charge a $90 transportation fee.

"Any time you have a new fee, there's going to be complaints," he said. "There is what I would call the vocal minority on campus."

Augusta Transit currently runs between the two campuses, but the shuttle will be much more frequent, Mr. Munschy said.

A shuttle will pick up students every 15 minutes at each stop, he said. A GPS system will be used for students to track the shuttle through their cell phones so they can determine their wait time.

Shuttles are expected to run 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. until late on Friday while class is in session.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

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ss30809
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ss30809 06/14/09 - 12:18 am
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I remember complaining about

I remember complaining about Augusta State's parking fees...then I was accepted at MCG, and now I pay $310/year so I can park at Laney High School and take a shuttle to campus or walk if I am late...or I could pay an outrageous $730/year for my own personal parking place...but there is a year long waiting list for those parking spots.
So before anyone complains about ASU's new parking fees just remember that it could be worse.

ASU student
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ASU student 06/14/09 - 01:23 am
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All i can say is thank

All i can say is thank goodness!

BIGDADDY1
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BIGDADDY1 06/14/09 - 04:02 am
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that parking problem at ac

that parking problem at ac has existed since the 80's

workingmom
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workingmom 06/14/09 - 02:53 pm
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I don't mind paying for

I don't mind paying for parking, but since many will never use the shuttle, why charge everyone for the few that will use the shuttle? Yes, I have had to drive around looking for parking and have had to walk quite a distance to class but that never prevented me from getting to a class. I suppose this is just a small part of dealing with the economy woes.

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FallingLeaves 06/14/09 - 06:57 pm
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I've never known Augusta

I've never known Augusta State University not to have a parking problem. I thought for sure it would be solved by now. It's a beautiful campus, but if its going to be spread out like it is, they really need to do something about the parking problem.

JM88
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JM88 06/14/09 - 07:22 pm
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While the parking situation

While the parking situation at ASU's Walton Way campus is far from ideal, it's really only problematic for the first half of the fall semester. Around midterm when people start dropping out it becomes much more manageable, and during the spring and summer terms it isn't much of a hassle at all.

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