By: Sam Shelton, News Editor
The on-campus Black Express Route shuttle has resumed operation this semester, after being suspended due to lack of drivers just before winter break. However, the future of the route will depend on ridership and cost, according to Director of Parking and Transportation Services Pam Mooney.
“We’ll continue to run the black route,” Mooney said. “We’ll see how it goes for ridership and everything this year and then as we get a little bit closer to the end of the semester we’ll take a look at it and see whether or not it makes sense to continue running it.”
If shortage of drivers again becomes a problem, the Black Express Route will be the first to go, Mooney said. The route runs exclusively between West Village and core campus and was introduced last semester to act as an abbreviated supplement to the other on-campus Gold Route shuttles.
“If it’s not really taking heavy loads and we’re handling it with the Gold Routes, then there’s not really a need to continue it and spend [students’] money,” Mooney said. “We want to make sure we’re spending that as efficiently as possible.”