The revisions are the result of student input on the routes, which began in August. Students felt the new routes were inaccessible and inconvenient to their needs. The SA takes student input seriously and has made the following changes which take effect Monday.
All Huskie Bus Line Routes will be moved back to the west side of the Holmes Student Center except the 6 and 7 routes. Those two routes will continue to maintain the route paths they use currently which begin on the east side of the HSC. All other routes will once again utilize the HSC turnaround as they had in past semesters.
“Because the students voiced their concerns regarding both the effectiveness and safety of using Normal Road and the parking deck turnaround, we have decided to revert the routes back to the west side of the Holmes Student Center,” SA Director of Mass Transit Brett Williams said.
The changes are designed to better ensure the safety of students who felt that crossing Normal Road was potentially hazardous. The Huskie Line Buses will no longer have to impede traffic along Normal Road and instead the routes will utilize the old turnaround for a smoother and safer departure at the west side of the Holmes Student Center. Students can view maps of the new routes at the SA website www.niu.edu/sa.
The 12 Huskie Line Bus Routes are similar to the spring 2014 routes and are as follows:
- Route 1: Academic/Campus (1R/1L)
- Route 2: Residence Halls (2L/2R)
- Route 3: Greek Row
- Route 4: Twombly/Greek Row
- Route 5: Eco Park
- Route 6: Southern DeKalb (Will not change)
- Route 7: Sycamore Road (Will not change)
- Route 8R: Evening Circle (Right)
- Route 9L: Evening Circle (Left)
- Route 10: Evening Circle North
- Route 11: Weekend/Break
- Route 12: Elburn Shuttle
The only significant change from the current routes is the on the 2L/2R route wherein the buses will now be making a stop outside the Computer Science/Psychology Building to better accommodate student schedules.
All other routes will operate the same way as in the past semesters, with exception of the new stops on the 2L/2R route.