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Thursday, May 5, 2011

UW-Stout shuttle bus dubbed a 'tremendous success' in WI

From an article by Pamela Powers in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:

MENOMONIE - UW-Stout student Max Broton-Anderson takes the Dunn County Express bus nearly every day from Red Cedar Hall to his classes on the lower part of the college campus.

"It's fast," said the 19-year-old sophomore majoring in engineering technology. "You don't freeze. You don't get wet. You don't get hot. If they're going to run it, we might as well use it."

In January the Dunn County Express began offering a continuous bus circuit around campus and the surrounding area for off-campus students. The busing program is offered by Dunn County Transit, which operates buses in Menomonie and the county.

So far the route has been a big success. Broton-Anderson is among 16,404 riders who have ridden the university bus route since it began. The route averages between 1,500 and 1,800 riders per week.

"The bus is really being used," Dunn County Transit manager Kent Conklin said. "Students are getting on 50 at a time. We didn't know what to expect. It's been a tremendous success."

Because of the number of riders the transit bought two used 45-passenger, 40-foot buses, the first large transit buses to be operated in the city in 40 years, Conklin said.

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