Synonymous with turkey, extended family, and awful traffic, Thanksgiving can be a nagging concern for many students as they make their travel plans. For those heading to cities like New York, Boston, Hartford, and New Haven, shuttles and buses organized by the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) and the Transportation Services Department have alleviated some of this stress. However, in spite of expressed student interest, there will be no buses transporting students from campus to Washington, D.C. or Philadelphia, Pa. next week.
The University considered adding these routes after observing a 166 percent increase in student use of shuttles and buses to New York, Boston, Hartford, and New Haven during Fall Break.
“There were costs issues associated with the buses, and thus the transportation department was not able to provide them for this semester,” wrote Zachary Malter ’13, Chair of the Finances and Facilities Committee (FiFac), in an e-mail to The Argus. “They will be reconsidered in the near future.”
Several students from the area contacted Malter after he announced the idea on the WSA website to gauge interest on Oct. 29.
“All students who expressed interest in the buses were notified well in advance that they would not running,” Malter wrote. “The WSA Finance and Facilities Committee is working on a list of low-cost public transportation options to Philly and DC which we will presently be sharing with the wider community.”
Thanksgiving shuttles to New York, Boston, New Haven Union Station, and Bradley Airport will begin transporting students on Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased at the Usdan Box Office or online on the Box Office website.