Miami University's parking and transportation services office began a trial bus route to the Oxford Wal-Mart on College Corner Pike (U.S. 27) April 11 (see PDF below). If the test route is well received, the route will become permanent in fall 2012.
The route, developed as a result of student feedback from transportation forums held on campus in spring and fall 2011, was based upon a recommendation from a transportation consultant hired to assist with transportation planning on Miami’s Oxford campus.
The map of the route can be viewed on the parking and transportation services website.
The route primarily serves the residential areas of Miami’s campus and the high-density student residential areas in Oxford within the Miami Metro’s current service area.
The route would run on Wednesday evening between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and again on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The entire route will take about 45 minutes to run a complete circuit.
“If the route is on a permanent basis, we would likely take a look at underperforming routes to see if we could re-allocate those hours to make the shopping route possible. The goal would be to add this route to the Miami Metro’s service area without increasing the overall cost of the service to the university or students,” said Ben Spilman of parking and transportation services.
The Miami Metro service is paid for by student fees and is available to all Miami students with no charge per ride.