As gas prices soar and parking spaces disappear, students will soon have an alternative to get to campus. The Gold Route, marketed by Columbia Transit as a student commuter route aimed at saving students money on gas and parking, will begin operations Aug. 16, said Lee Radtke, marketing specialist for Columbia Transit.
“We’re trying to take advantage of the expensive parking fees at MU,” Radtke said. “We’re trying to find ways to entice students to use the city bus system. And we’re trying to save them a little money, too.”
The route will run from Campus View Apartments to Brady Commons, running south from Campus View on Carter Lane to Green Meadows Road, where it will then go east to Grindstone Parkway. It will follow Grindstone Parkway to Old 63, turning north to Stadium Boulevard. From Stadium, it will turn north on Ashland Road and follow it east as it turns into Hospital Drive past College Avenue. It will then turn north on Maryland Avenue and turn east on Rollins Road. After dropping off passengers at Brady Commons, the bus will return to Campus View Apartments the way it came.
The route will run from 6:15 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. on weekdays, every hour on the hour during the fall and winter semesters. It will not run during intersession or the summer semester. Students can pay a discounted rate of 25 cents by showing their student identification card.
The new route offers transportation to students living in areas not previously served by Columbia Transit. Radtke said that there has never been a route running on Old 63 or Grindstone Parkway and the Gold Route will run more often than the Orange Route, which ran north on Providence to Elm Street and didn’t come as far into campus as the Gold Route will. The Orange Route will remain in effect but will no longer serve Campus View Apartments.