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SA adds Huskie buses for winter weather

February 10, 2014

A Huskie Bus in winterJoe Frascello, director of mass transit for the NIU Student Association and chairman of the Mass Transit Board, has announced additional Huskie buses to supplement routes made congested by winter weather.

Frascello made the changes after consulting with officials inside and outside the Student Association to utilize funds saved by route changes during the fall semester.

Because of the recent changes to the bus routes, there is now enough money to fund the extra buses temporarily. These additional buses will run for several weeks this semester.

  • One extra bus on Route 5; will run the reverse Route 5 and appear as “5R.” This route will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thr0ugh Thursday.
  • An extra bus on Route 7 will be added. Route 7 will run from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Adding the buses might cause the affected routes to deviate from the regular bus schedule, Frascello said, but the extra service will benefit students. The additional buses are planned to be visible on the Huskie Tracks website and mobile application.

“There’s an increase of students using the buses during the cold and dangerous weather, so there was clearly a need to compensate this and serve the students,” Frascello said. “This is not a permanent solution, but at least students will be safe and warm on the buses as they travel around campus this winter.”

For more information, call (815) 758-6900.