HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University is making getting around campus convenient and safe for students with their new trolley system.
The new transportation system, which rolled out last week, features six custom-made trolleys. The trolleys are set to replace buses leased from Coast RTA.
University shuttles will now run from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and appear at stops every seven to 14 minutes. CCU officials made the decision to run more bus routes to accommodate more students.
Transportation Manager Rodney Hoots says the new trolleys have proven to be more cost-effective than buses for the University. "As far as the mileage we get on them per gallon, its about 8 miles per gallon, which is pretty good for these coaches," he said.
Hoots says the University is seeing more ridership on the transportation system than ever before.
Students benefit economically from the trolleys as well because if they have cars on campus, many are opting to use the trolleys and are spending less money on gas.
The trolleys also serve as a safe ride off campus, to Gateway Plaza on the weekend, in reaction to student safety concerns.
"Traveling around campus as safe as possible is a priority for us so whether they're going to east campus, university place, main campus," said Greg Weisner, CCU Director of Safety and Transportation, "we want to encourage them to use the shuttles so that they don't walk in the streets and roadways so that they'll be safe,"
Students have the option after trolleys stop running to call public safety for a campus escort.
Greg Weisner told WMBF News that the University plans to have 20 new buses by May.
For the Coastal Carolina University Trolley schedule: http://www.coastal.edu/transportation/transportation/shuttle/fall.html