Penn State’s Paratransit will be replaced starting August 21 with a new campus shuttle service. The no-fare service, called ‘Campus Shuttle via Pollock Road’ will serve 16 stops including the arboretum, Palmer Museum, and Redifer Commons, and travel in the opposite direction of the existing campus shuttle Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.
The current campus shuttle will be renamed to the “Campus Shuttle via College Avenue” this fall, with the route and schedule remaining unchanged. Campus Shuttle via Pollock Road will be identified by white signage, while the blue signage will remain for the shuttle via College Avenue.
“The new Campus Shuttle via Pollock Road will help us reach an important goal—increasing the number of people who get around campus using transit and other modes of alternative transportation,” said Rob DeMayo, director of Transportation Services in a release. “With our new service, combined with the existing Campus Shuttle and CATA’s LOOP and LINK, we will offer six dedicated no-fare campus transit options that provide convenient transportation to nearly every corner of the University Park campus.”
Although the new shuttle service will replace the Paratransit Shuttle service, a service for students, faculty, and staff with mobility impairments, transportation services has made sure that the new service will still accommodate those needs.
Keith Jervis, the director of Student Disability Resources said that the shuttle is a form of more inclusive transportation. Identical to the existing campus shuttle, the Campus Shuttle via College Avenue will be wheelchair-accessible, and both shuttles will offer priority seating for those with mobility impairments.
“No longer will an individual need to identify and be labeled as a person with a disability to have access to this transportation option,” he said. “This universally designed solution will benefit many while providing more timely access to classes and offices.”’
Each campus shuttle will also be equipped with automatic vehicle location (AVL) technology that allows riders to see each shuttle in real time through the TransLoc Rider mobile app and online at psu.transloc.com.
A google map of the new route can be found here.