Illinois university takes over shuttle operation

Posted on July 28, 2008

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Ill., has decided to provide its own shuttle bus service, ending a six-year relationship with H&H Shuttle Services.

Dan Nadler, vice president for student affairs, said the decision to take back the operation of the shuttle buses delays the need for an immediate student fee increase. “Our primary goals include providing a high quality service and maximizing the use of existing student fees,” he said.

“This decision is in no way a reflection on past bus service,” Nadler added. “It’s just that we’ve talked about doing this for years. And with our contract with H & H expiring, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to pursue the project."

The university will lease two 2007 Allstar shuttle buses manufactured by Starcraft, according to Nadler. The ADA-compliant buses, due for delivery on Aug. 10, will have a capacity of 20 passengers.

Midwest Transit Equipment Inc., based in Kankakee, will supply the vehicles, which will be easily recognized by the EIU markings on their exteriors.

Nadler said the university is forecasting some cost savings over the duration of the lease agreement, but added that estimates are difficult because of the constantly changing price of fuel. “Our goal is excellent stewardship of student fees and cost avoidance in the future,” he said.

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