The need for better bus shelters
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 14:12
The upper Midwest is infamous for its grueling winters. Wind, snow and ice plague us from anytime through October to April.
The Matbus service offers a welcomed convenience for students both on and off campus. Getting to class on time is made easier and warmer.
While sitting at the Memorial Union stop, I enjoyed a dry seat and a warmer shelter. This is the only one on campus.
Time spent waiting for the bus to arrive at any other “shelter” is neither dry nor warm.
The bus shelters along Albreicht and by University Village offer minor protection from Fargo’s whipping winds.
It is easily apparent this time of the year is when the Matbus ferries the most students. I believe the shelters need to be more functional for the winter conditions.
I spent 10 minutes yesterday waiting for the 32 Route bus at Minard in the cold. Minard is one of the main stops for many different buses. I always see people outside waiting to be picked up and this is why I feel that it needs a decent shelter.
There is a perfect location on the strip along the Albreicht heading north. It offers a logical and workable spot for a small 10 to 15 person heated shelter. The space is quite open so the cost to clear and build would be minimal.
Secondly, I believe the shelter at University Village needs to be redone. University Village is one of the off campus apartment cluster. Due to its distance from campus, many of the buses that cover University Village are always near overflowing.
The shelter at U-Village is under sized and too exposed. It offers little to no protection from the harsh elements. I stand next to the useless shelter, one of the many students waiting for the bus to arrive in morning.
All in all, my main point is a few new heated shelters would be invaluable during the course of our six-month winter. I would like to see a proposal sent to student government to see if such a project may be in the budget.
I believe I am among the majority when I say that the current bus shelters are not very effective in shielding students from the chilly conditions. It would be nice to see a change implemented and some improvements made to the shelters that see the most activity to better suite and serve the students of NDSU.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.