UND Working With City On Bus Stop SolutionChanges in UND bus routes had some students taking action and trying to come up with solutions for fall of 2011. Last fall bus stop at 6th Avenue North and 43rd street was eliminated.
Changes in UND bus routes had some students taking action and trying to come up with solutions for fall of 2011. Last fall bus stop at 6th Avenue North and 43rd street was eliminated.
"We didn't see the need to move it because it was still technically on campus and they saw the need because it wasn't a residence hall," UND City Government Affairs Coordinator Chelsea Stone said.
Dakota Hall used to house students, but is now an office building. Stone was one of the students who started a petition to get the stop back.
"There are a lot of international students that live over there, at that stop who don't have cars and it's a good mile and a half away," Stone said.
The university eliminated that stop, along with one in front of the Chester Fritz Library because of liability issues. Now, UND is working with the city on possible solutions.
"We're still working with the university. They have a route study that they had done over there. We also have some issues and questions that we have to ask them and see where we are," transportation superintendent Dale Bergman said.
A possible solution would be changing two city bus routes so one travels through 43rd Street every half hour instead of every hour, helping students get to class.
"They're going to post that route hopefully this summer and have the city council approve it," Stone said.
After route studies are done, Bergman says there will have to be public hearings and city council approval, which could take up to three months.