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Stop & Shop shuttle may begin Saturday

Stop & Shop shuttle

may begin Saturday

By Sophia Yen

A 14-passenger shuttle bus running between dormitories and the Stop & Shop supermarket on Memorial Drive may begin service as soon as this Saturday if students show enough interest and the project receives funding, according to Undergraduate Association Finance Board Chairman Orlando Martinez '91.

A three-member FinBoard committee sent out 2500 surveys last Thursday to all dormitories and some fraternities to gauge the interest of students in having the Stop & Shop shuttle.

The committee will present the results of the survey and the cost of the shuttle to Stop & Shop later this week in an effort to obtain funding. Many students showed interest, Martinez said.

If Stop & Shop agrees to provide funding, the bus will make its first run on Saturday, Martinez said. If, however, Stop & Shop decides not to fund the bus, the project will be presented to the Dormitory Council. Martinez said he spoke to many house presidents and received positive responses, especially from the presidents of East Campus and McCormick Hall.

The shuttle would run on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, making one round trip every 30 minutes, and would cost $250 per day to operate. The trips would be free of charge.

"Our ultimate goal is to run the Stop & Shop shuttle every week, but that will depend on funding and student interest," Martinez said.

"We're trying to provide students with a lot more options than what is currently on campus," he explained. "We don't have any choices."

DeWit Transport Inc., the company that handles the UA shuttles for Registration Day and Thanksgiving, would run the Stop & Shop shuttle.