Sep 9, 2008

Additions to LU transit

by Anthony Barone

Bus service at Liberty has continued to improve for the students and faculty with the addition of new bus lines and stops.

One of the changes has been the return of the religion hall bus stop. This stop gives students easy access to the bus and is now offset from University Boulevard to allow traffic flow through the school’s campus.

Liberty has also added stops for all of its bus routes.

Previously, the Red Line had not traveled south of Champion Circle. The Red Line now canvasses North Campus, the quads and Dorm 33 with stops at Thomas Road Baptist Church and Candler’s Station in the evening.

“It makes it a whole lot more convenient and easier to get to class on time,” senior Holli Frazier said.

The Blue Line now travels from East Campus to David’s Place and to the Reber-Thomas Dining Hall in place of its journey from North Campus to DeMoss.

The Orange Line has been added for students who live at the Lynchburg Inn to travel freely to and from campus.

The Orange Line, which runs every 30 minutes, gives on-campus students the ability to travel to the Department of Motor Vehicles and to the post office on Odd Fellows Road.

The Blue Line and the Orange Line stops have been placed across the street from the current DeMoss Hall Transfer Center to alleviate traffic.

In addition to these routes, Liberty has continued to provide its students with an Express Line that enables students to travel quickly between DeMoss Hall and North Campus.

“They help me to get to class on time,” junior Tim Eller said. “They alleviate the stress of being rushed.”

The Express Bus provides service to both stops every five minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and every 10 minutes until 6:30 p.m. The Express Line also travels to the southern end of campus from 7:20 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.

Additional buses on campus include the Green Line and the 4F.

The Green Line travels through campus and toward Wards Road to locations that include Walmart, Target and the River Ridge Mall.

The 4F, part of the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company’s (GLTC) regular service, travels on campus and allows students the opportunity to travel throughout Lynchburg.

The 4F allows students to park for free in the Macy’s parking lot at the River Ridge Mall or the Plaza and commute any time from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 4F runs every half hour.

Liberty students may ride city buses for free by presenting their Liberty HigherOne ID cards when entering the bus.

Since October 2006, Liberty’s partnership with GLTC has transported over one million riders across campus, according to the LU transit services Web site.

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