Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trinity’s SGA Provides New Shuttle to Downtown Hartford

Matt Mainuli ’13

News Editor

Last week the Student Government Association (SGA) announced the addition of a Thursday night shuttle service. The shuttle will make two stops in Downtown Hartford: one on Allyn St. and the other on the corner of Asylum St. and Trumbull St.

This service, born out of a proposal from Antinea Ascione ‘12 and Adrian Jul ‘12, is free of charge and provides a safe way for students to travel to and from downtown Hartford at night. The proposal received unanimous support from the SGA senate and is also supported by the Trinity College faculty.

Every Thursday from 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., the shuttle will leave from Mather Hall by the hour. It takes about 12 minutes to reach the first stop and an additional eight minutes to make it to the second.  The last pick up from Mather will be at 11:30 p.m. the last pick up from Hartford will be at 12:30 a.m. at stop number two. Stop number one will hold a final pickup at midnight. 
The first stop will let off in the parking lot by Black Bear Saloon, a popular bar for Trinity students. Bars and restaurants within distance of the first stop include PourHouse, Up or On The Rocks and others in the back of Union Station. The second stop on the corner of Asylum St. and Trumbull St. will let off near Trumball Kitchen. There students can choose from restaurants such as Max’s Downtown, City Steam Cafe, Feng Asian Bistro, Starbucks, Dish Bar & Grill and Zula Bar & Restaurant.
The SGA hopes to be able to run this project all year long and continue it next year. However, if students are not civil and respectful on the bus, the company that Trinity has hired for this service may not want to continue working with us. Students are asked to show respect to the driver and be responsible for their actions. Any abuse of this service, through instances such as excessive intoxication or vomiting, will be problematic. Students getting sick on the bus will cause a delay of at least an hour so that another bus can be brought in. This would ruin the evening of not only the students who wish to go into Hartford, but also the students who are trying to get back to campus. 
Supporters of the Thursday night shuttle service had a few goals in mind. They wanted to minimize the possibility of drunk driving on campus and provide a different social option to all students. The shuttle service also allows students to explore Hartford and seek out local hotspots where great food is readily available. As First-years are not allowed to have cars, this service, in addition to the Saturday shuttle to Westfarms and West Hartford Center, gives students without an available mode of transportation the means to venture off campus.
Said Ascione, “The Thursday shuttle is a great initiative because it presents an easier, and safer means of transportation to students who wish to get off campus and explore what Hartford has to offer. Best of all, it is free of charge.”
The shuttle will run until December 8, but will be unavailable November 24 due to Thanksgiving Break. 

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