YCC asks for airport shuttle



Peggy Hunt ’06 said she is tired of paying “ridiculous” prices for transportation to Bradley International Airport.

“It costs so much money,” Hunt said.

Fortunately, for Hunt, the Yale College Council has proposed changes to Yale’s transportation system. The first change, if implemented, will provide relatively inexpensive transportation to Bradley International Airport, while the second will modify the on-campus shuttle system, YCC Vice President Nirupam Sinha ’05 said.

The transportation to Bradley would be a chartered bus Yale students could pay to ride. The service’s price would undercut that of popular airport shuttle Connecticut Limo by 50 to 70 percent, Sinha said. Connecticut Limo’s website advertises a round trip fare from New Haven to Bradley for $64, though they sometimes offer a student discount around the holidays.

YCC President Elliott Mogul ’05 said having the service to Bradley would eliminate the need to stop in other Connecticut cities and at the Connecticut Limo depot in New Haven.

Mogul said winter recess is a “realistic” target time for the service to begin.

The plan has received tentative approval from the administration, Mogul said.

“They’d like to see us make this work,” he said. “The details still need to be worked out.”

YCC transportation committee member Giovanni Casanova ’06 said the Bradley shuttle reflects the YCC’s commitment to students.

“It’s great because it shows the students that the YCC is here to help them in a practical way,” Casanova said.

Mogul said the YCC and Yale administration would not fund the program. Instead, Mogul said it would need to be “self-sustaining.”

The YCC’s second proposal would “integrate the [shuttle] system with undergraduate class times,” Sinha said.

Sinha said the proposed local shuttle system change came in response to the new shuttle the University added this September. The new shuttle, which runs between Science Hill and central campus, answers the academic review’s observation that Science Hill seems isolated from the rest of campus.

In a proposal unanimously approved Sunday, the YCC suggested the new Science Hill shuttle move the location of one stop and arrive at some other stops 10 minutes earlier to coincide better with undergraduate class schedules.

Sinha said undergraduates have not been riding the new shuttle because they are unaware of its existence.

“Once students know about this undergraduates will ride it,” Sinha said. “[The YCC must] make sure students know about it.”

Sinha and YCC transportation committee chairman Steven Syverud ’06 said they met Tuesday with Support Services Director Donald Relihan to discuss the modifications to the shuttle route. Syverud said Relihan “wants to work with [the YCC].”

Syverud is a staff reporter for the Yale Daily News.

Relihan could not be reached for comment.

In an effort to raise awareness of the new route, Sinha said the new shuttle map will be available on www.yalestation.org “as soon as possible.”

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