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UW Transit and Parking Enhances Services

October 6, 2016
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Students step off of one of UW’s two new buses at the Wyoming Union lot. UW’s transit service is available free of charge to students, employees and visitors. (UW Photo)

With two shiny new buses and a new “on-demand” feature on its mobile app, University of Wyoming Transit and Parking Services has enhanced its service to the thousands of UW students and employees who use the system each day.

Visitors to campus also may use the UW bus system, free of charge, from several free parking lots near campus.

Transit and Parking Services Manager Paul Kunkel says ridership, thus far this semester, is on par with the past three years, with about 4,500 weekday passengers riding buses to and from the multitude of stops on and around campus.

“Parking is always an issue on major university campuses, but we are fortunate at UW to have a system in place that makes our campus accessible to students, employees and visitors alike,” Kunkel says. “Many people from Wyoming aren’t used to hopping on a bus, but it’s really quite easy, and we can get people to their destinations pretty quickly.”

The new buses are 2017 model Gillig low-floor buses, 37 feet long, and with capacity for 32 seated passengers and many more standing. The new buses have clean diesel engines with very low emissions, and they feature exterior bike racks for those bringing their bicycles to campus.

The $400,000 buses -- funded 80 percent by federal grants and 20 percent from UW’s bus replacement fund -- take the place of two 14-year-old buses that were in relatively poor condition. UW has a fleet of 27 buses and 11 minivans.

UW’s weekday bus routes are:

-- Union Express, which departs from the Union Express Lot, located at 30th Street and Willett Drive, to the Arena-Auditorium and the east side of the Wyoming Union every six to eight minutes. This service operates from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. during the academic year.

-- South Express, which departs from the South Express Lot, located at 15th Street and Spring Creek Drive, to the Wyoming Union every six to eight minutes. This service also operates from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. during the academic year.

-- Campus Commuter, which stops at 10 locations across campus, eastbound and westbound, every 10 minutes from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and every 30 minutes from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

-- LaramieLink, which effectively links the Laramie community to the UW and Laramie County Community College Albany County campuses. Buses stop at seven locations from downtown to Walmart -- eastbound and westbound -- every 40 minutes from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday on university business days.

More detailed bus route information may be found at the UW Transit and Parking Services website, www.uwyo.edu/tps.

For all UW bus routes, riders are encouraged to use TransLoc, a mobile app that provides real-time tracking information for all buses on route and is available for free, both on the web and for most smartphone platforms. This fall, an “on-demand” module has been added, allowing passengers to request rides similar to how Lyft/Uber work. Passengers can use the on-demand functionality on demand-response routes such as SafeRide, Night Owl and LaramieLink Dial-A-Ride.

“With this new service, the customer experience is improved, and efficiencies are gained in the dispatch process,” Kunkel says.

More information about TransLoc can be found at www.uwyo.edu/tps/transit/transloc.html.

For visitors to campus, the following options are available:

-- Free parking -- Use either of the two park-and-ride lots -- located at 30th and Willett streets, and 15th and Spring Creek -- to take a free shuttle into campus. Shuttles operate from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. every six to eight minutes.

-- Metered parking -- Numerous metered spaces are located in the east Union parking lot, directly east of the Wyoming Union. The fee for metered parking is 50 cents per half hour, with a two-hour limit. See the Transit and Parking Services website at www.uwyo.edu/tps for other metered locations around campus.

-- Day lot -- A pay-by-the-hour lot is located at 15th Street and Willett Drive, with two payment kiosks. The day lot is open to anyone for 50 cents per half hour. Pay kiosks accept cash or credit card.

-- Day permits -- Day permits are available from the Transit and Parking Services office at 462 N. 10th St., the Wyoming Union information desk and online at www.uwyo.edu/tps. The fee for a day permit is $5 per day, allowing you to park in “A,” “C” and “R” spaces.


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