Jessica Jobe, NISG director of public relations, (319) 273-2494
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The Panther Shuttle, a free bus service offered to University of Northern Iowa students and staff, will begin 2003-2004 service Monday, Sept. 29 and will run through Monday, April 12. The shuttle runs from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The service is offered by Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Since 2001, ridership has increased 58.47 percent, and in December-February, which is typically the peak demand time for the shuttle service, rides per hour approached 44, nearly four times the transit system efficiency benchmark of 12 rides per hour, according to Jessica Jobe, NISG director of public relations. She said NISG launched the service in 1997 to increase transportation convenience and reduce parking problems for university students.
This year's route takes approximately one-half hour to complete and a route schedule is available at www.uni.edu/studentorgs/nisg.
The Panther Shuttle is funded by student activity fees, and also in part by NISG, Public Safety/Parking Operations, the Department of Residence, and other area supporters. To ride the shuttle, students must present a current UNI ID.