Tuesday GSC Grocery Shuttle Will Resume ServiceBy David D. Hsu
Tomorrow, the Graduate Student Council Grocery Shuttle will resume its Tuesday service to the Super Star Market in Allston.
The Saturday shuttle will continue and will also go to the Allston store instead of the Star Market on Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, the destination last semester. The destination was changed over the summer in response to rider requests.
The Tuesday service was canceled during the summer "because [participation] had gone down to 15 riders a week," said Geoffrey J. Coram G, co-chair for GSC Housing and Community Affairs.
That level of use was not sufficient for Star Market Corporation to justify the cost of running the shuttle, Coram said.
During the school year, about 35 people per week used the Tuesday shuttle, Coram said.
The Saturday shuttle also transported fewer people over the summer. The service accommodated about 40 students a week during the summer, down from 60 during the school year, Coram said.
The Tuesday shuttle will run every week at 8, 9, and 10 p.m., stopping at six predetermined locations around campus before heading to Allston.
Last year, the grocery shuttle was very popular at the beginning of the school year. Some students even had to be turned away, Coram said. With the Tuesday runs, "we hope to even things out this year," he said.
"The Tuesday shuttle provided me a time to go shopping which really worked in well with my research schedule," said Stephen P. Walton G.
Shuttle future stable for this year
The grocery shuttle has undergone many changes since its debut in April 1994.
Originally the shuttle 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 last year, Star Market agreed to continue the service to their Cambridge store on Mount Auburn Street.
The Tuesday service was added last November in response to larger student demand.
The future of the shuttle seems more stable. The Allston store will easily stay open through the year, Coram said.
There are plans to build a new Star Market in University Park. It is still unclear whether students would be willing to walk or whether another shuttle would be needed, Coram said. However, construction has not begun so the new store is at least a year away, he said.
The shuttle will continue service during the year with a reduction during winter vacation and Independent Activities Period, Coram said.