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Shuttle services connect students to a bigger world

Thursday, July 29, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Noah Myers gets on line to board the 102E bus with his bike in January after work at the Root Cellar. Despite the cold weather, he still needs to ride his bike as he lives 10 minutes away from his bus stop. “It was real bad yesterday, but at least I have mittens today,” Myers said.

Need some help getting around town? Here are shuttle services available to students, as well as the city's bus transportation that serves the entire public.

Shuttle services

Shuttle services are available from commuter parking lots onto campus at 20-minute intervals between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday during fall and spring seasons.

When residence halls are open, the expanded route begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m., seven days a week.

Sunday services commence at noon.

Disability services

Students with disabilities can access lift equipped services, which run between residence halls and classroom buildings.

Phone the Office of Disability Services for bookings and more information at 882-4696.

City buses

City buses can get students from campus to the hospitals, the mall, east and west Walmart Super Centers and other restaurants and supermarkets.

Routes also go to some apartment complexes, such as The Reserve, Campus Lodge, Campus View apartments, and student apartments along Old Highway 63, Grindstone Parkway and Nifong Boulevard. Students living at The Reserve and Campus Lodge may ride the gold route for free with apartment-issued IDs. Students living at Campus View apartments should collect a semester pass from the apartment office.

New bus routes and schedules are set to be released Aug. 2. Maps and schedules may be collected from bus shelters in August.

According to the city of Columbia website, changes will involve extending services farther north, east and west and rerouting the orange route to south Columbia.

To avoid confusion, Saturday services will also be expected to mirror weekday services.

Students will continue to receive half-fare discounts.

Check the website: GoColumbiaMo.com and search under GoNewRoutes or call 874-7282 for new changes that might affect you.

MEGABUS

Megabus is an inexpensive bus service that commutes passengers from Columbia to Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

Book early for cheap fares that sometimes cost as little as $1.

Megabus departs from Wabash Station with one service daily. Buses have WiFi access.

For more information go to us.megabus.com or call (877) 462-6342.

STRIPES

STRIPES (Supportive Tigers In Pursuit of Ensuring Safety) is a free, student-run organization dedicated to the safe transportation of MU students around Columbia.

STRIPES operates between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The purpose of the program is to keep MU students safe. Volunteers pick up and drop students off at home addresses anywhere within Columbia city. Make sure you call 442-9672 before 3 a.m. to book a ride.

Keep in mind that STRIPES can often be busy, so book as early in advance as possible.

MO-X AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE

The airport shuttle has daily scheduled trips between Columbia, St. Louis and Kansas City airports.

Twelve round trips operate daily to St. Louis; five services daily to Kansas City.

Door-to-door pick-up is available at an additional cost.

A one-way ticket costs $43 to $45, depending on the day. Door-to-door one-way service booked online costs $51 to $56.

For more information go to moexpress.com, call 256-1991 or visit the MO-X office at 303 Business Loop 70 East, at the corner of Providence Road and Business Loop.


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