Minor changes to shuttles in fall semester

UTSA shuttles

Students will see minor changes in the shuttle service beginning this fall.

“Overall the service will be the same as last year,” Transportation Manager Jim Strahan said. “The shuttle services do intend to add a few more routes to student housing complexes and a Thursday evening shopping shuttle night.”

The on-campus shuttle routes will run Mondays through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9:55 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 5:55 p.m. on Friday. The service intervals will range from 10 to 15 minutes.

The off-campus shuttle routes operate on class days from 7:30 a.m. to 9:55 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5:55 p.m. on Friday.

However, hours will change in the summer. The summer shuttle hours can be found on the UTSA shuttle services website.

The on-campus shuttle stops include lots 13, 12A, 11, 10, 10A, 3 and the Tobin Lot. However, each of these stops are only allocated to certain routes.

The off-campus apartment complexes on the routes are Avalon Place, Broadstone Ranch, The Highlands, Highview Place, Hill Country Place, Maverick Creek, The Outpost and The Villas at Babcock. These apartment complexes will also be designated to certain routes.

Students should arrive at the shuttle stops 30 to 45 minutes before their class begins.

“We want to encourage students to arrive as early as possible, especially at the beginning of the semester. We only have a certain amount of buses on each route and that’s all we’re going to be able to have,” Strahan said.

According to Strahan, a lot of students feel that the shuttle services are overcrowded.

“Transportation services just doesn’t have the funds to produce any more shuttles at the moment,” Strahan said. “We’re running into budgetary issues and concerns. We’re going to try to do our best.”

The majority of the routes consist of two shuttles, but after 2 p.m. only one shuttle is in operation. The only exception is route 43, which operates three shuttles, until around 2 p.m.

For the upcoming fall and spring semesters, a shopping shuttle for UTSA students will run each Thursday evening. The shuttle will operate from 6:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

The route will operate in this order: the Activity Center at Chisholm Hall, Chaparal Village in Lot 14, Lot 10, Wal-Mart, Hubner Oaks Shopping Center (in front of Border’s), H-E-B on De Zavala and will return to the first stop and continue throughout the evening.