GSC Grocery Shuttle Begins New Tuesday Service TonightBy Yaron Koren
Responding to student demand, the Graduate Student Council's grocery shuttle will expand its weekend service to Tuesday nights, beginning tonight.
The new route will deliver students to the Super Star Market in Allston, while the weekend shuttle will continue its runs to the Star Market on Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge.
The shuttle will run every Tuesday at 8, 9, and 10 p.m., stopping at five predetermined locations around campus before leaving for Allston.
Both shuttles, which are free for all MIT students and their immediate families, are sponsored by the Star Market Corporation.
The weekend shuttle is inconvenient for students who are busy during the weekend and for Jewish students who can not go shopping on Saturday for religious reasons, said Geoffrey J. Coram G, co-chair of the GSC Housing and Community Affairs Committee, which organized the shuttle.
The Allston store "is unbelievable. It's like nothing you've ever seen," said Nicholas A. Fronduto, of Star Market's operations department. The Allston store features a full kitchen, juice bar, day care center, and a bank.
Fronduto added that he thought the weeknight grocery shuttle was going to be "very successful."
The Saturday shuttle already "is doing really well, with an average of more than 80 people per week on the three runs," Coram said. He noted that 35 percent of these were undergraduates.
"If everyone likes the new store, and getting there is more convenient, we will check with Star Market" about moving the weekend shuttle to Allston as well, Coram said.
Coram said the GSC is still looking for volunteers for the service to tally and collect a list of the number of passengers and bags purchased for each run of the shuttle.
Star Market requires these statistics to ensure that the cost of providing the bus pays for itself, Coram said.
The shuttle, which in began in April, 1994, originally brought shoppers to a Star Market in Medford owned by Frank LaVerde, who also owns LaVerde's Market in the Student Center.
When the Medford store closed over the summer, Star Market agreed to continue the service to their Cambridge store.