February 3, 2000
In an experiment to reduce parking congestion on campus, the Office of Public Safety will institute a temporary free shuttle service from the Uptown Square parking lot. The service, which will run continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Feb. 7-Feb. 18, excluding Saturday and Sunday, will in effect provide 100 additional parking spaces off campus.
"The main reason for doing this is that parking is so tight on campus," said Ken Dupaquier, director of public safety. "We are constantly getting complaints from people who say they are riding around campus, taking too long to find a parking place."
The shuttle, which will pick up students, faculty and staff on the St. Charles side of the Uptown Square parking lot, will take about 15 minutes to complete a round trip, said Dupaquier. It will deliver riders to the corner of Freret Street and McAlister Drive, in front of the Navy ROTC building. Riders should expect to wait no long than 15 minutes for the shuttle at any point during the day.
"We are telling people that if they arrive 15 minutes earlier than they would normally do, then we will get them to campus on time," Dupaquier said, adding that the service could be implemented on a permanent basis in the future if the uptown campus demonstrates a "general interest" in it.
Dupaquier said that the campus' regular shuttle service would remain unaffected by the temporary plan. Its schedule will continue to be from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., making stops at Gibson Hall, the University Center, Howard-Tilton library, Rosen House and then off campus to residences and automobiles within a mile of Tulane, including the Uptown Square parking lot.
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