Michigan Tech looks at student transportation issues

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate student governments are working with transportation services to address student concerns about transportation.

During the December Board of Trustees meeting, the student governments addressed their concerns to the board and gave updates. Since then they have continuously met with transportation services to address those issues.

“Transportation has been a pretty major issue this year with the student body increasing,” said USG President Mitchell Sanford.

Some of the concerns include: students having to park further away from campus, and a “spotty and unreliable” bus schedule.

“USG has been meeting regularly with transportation services to provide feedback for students and their concerns,” said Sanford. “Additionally, we’ve used our resources and media platforms to spread awareness as well.”

The university administration welcomed the input from the students.

“A lot of good feedback has come from the students, specifically the graduate students,” said the Senior Associate Vice President for Administration, Theresa Coleman-Kaiser.

USG is interested in having more advertising and signs. Sanford said he has suggested there should be signs posted at every stop, as well as a plaque with the times to have them available for students.

Transportation Services have heard the concerns and made changes over the last year. They continue to meet with the students regularly to address issues.

Kaiser said they have increased transportation frequency.

Last year they added additional services that include weekend shopping shuttles for students and their family members. This spring they’ve added evening shuttle times.

The students will also be able to use transportation to get to Mt. Ripley.

All parties seem to be interested in working together to make sure transportation is the best it can be for the students, but it’s not there yet.

“We’re not completely satisfied,” said Sanford. There’s more work to be done. We’re going to continue to collect feedback.”

“Our next step is to continue to find out more about the additional requests that have been made, prioritize them and search for funding,” said Kaiser.