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UW Transit System Renamed “Roundup”
September 19, 2011 — The University of Wyoming Division of Auxiliary Services has renamed Transit and Parking Service's transit system to "Roundup" as part of a rebranding initiative that coincides with the arrival of six new university-owned buses.
The six new buses, which feature a low-floor design to improve loading times and aid entry, and a "clean diesel" design that eliminates most nitrogen oxide emissions, were purchased through a $1.55 million Federal Transit Administration stimulus grant distributed through the Wyoming Department of Transportation. They replace older buses that UW had rented to shuttle students, faculty and staff around campus and the community.
"The employees of Transit and Parking Services do an excellent job for UW through the safe transport of students, faculty and staff to and from campus and we believed it was important for these buses to positively represent the work these employees do and their importance to the UW community," says Carolyn Smith, Director of Auxiliary Services.
The six new buses will include custom brown and gold graphics to distinguish them in the community. Vinyl graphics will also be applied to all "Roundup" bus shelters.
Initial focus group research conducted by UW Institutional Marketing revealed opportunities to enhance the visual image of the university transit system. Graphic design was performed by Darryl Dean of Auxiliary Services and Fineline Graphics in Denver.
"We believe the new graphics for the ‘Roundup' transit system will provide a positive visual image for the university in the Laramie community on a daily basis," says Paul Kunkel, manager of UW Transit and Parking Services. "The name ‘Roundup' has great relevance in our region and the literal actions of what UW buses accomplish on a daily basis. In addition, UW's transit system assists in reducing traffic congestion surrounding the campus."
The UW transit system, which has been in operation since 2002, has a fleet of 19 buses and transports approximately 620,000 riders annually. To learn more, go to www.uwyo.edu/roundup.
The new buses will be unveiled during a formal ceremony in October.