No more squeezing in for shuttle riders
October 15, 2008 3:20 PM
A maximum capacity limit will now be enforced on the SF State free shuttle that runs between campus, University Park North and the Daly City BART station, according to university police.
The shuttles are to hold 33 passengers, 28 sitting and 5 standing, per shuttle trip, according to the Chief of Police’s Office. The limit to the number of passengers on the shuttle is meant to comply with the “weight capacity of the shuttles to maintain public safety.”
“That’s about how many people can fit comfortably on the shuttle anyways,” shuttle rider Melanie Kemp, a senior from Daly City, said. “Most of the time if the shuttle is too full, people use their common sense and wait for the next one.”
Chief Kirk Gaston of the University Police Department said via email that the maximum capacity was imposed this Wednesday “to decrease the wear and tear of the shuttles and to decrease the breakdowns of the suspension, tires and brakes.”
“It could be a little harder because we have to wait longer,” freshman Russell Rivera said as he waited in line for the shuttle at the top of campus at 19th Avenue. “But, it comes every five minutes or so, so it’s okay.”
Rivera takes the shuttle to and from Daly City BART as part of his daily commute from Vallejo.
Students that ride the shuttle also have the option of riding the 28 bus to and from campus, which is free with a voucher that passengers can get at the Daly City BART station. The voucher is good for one ride to and from BART.
“I usually will only take the bus if it comes first,” Kemp said. “I like to stand in line for the shuttle because there are usually fewer people.”
The SF State free shuttle runs every 10 to 15 minutes Monday through Thursday, 7 A.M. to 10:30 P.M., and on Fridays, 7 A.M. to 7:15 P.M.
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