Transportation services expand for the school year

DePaul unveiled two solutions for transporting students between campuses as students continue to raise concerns about their safety while riding the CTA.

The inter-campus shuttle and Vinnie Van services are expanding throughout the 2022-2023 school year. The inter-campus shuttle will operate between the Loop and LPC, while the Vinnie Van service will transport LPC students to nearby residential addresses.

The shuttle runs between the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses on a continuous loop from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Pickup and drop off is in front of the DePaul Center on Jackson Blvd. in the Loop, as well as in Lot H behind the Lincoln Park Student Center.

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Students can use an app to track the location of the shuttle, depending News. Students need only show their valid DePaul ID to access the shuttle.

The Student Government Association (SGA) and Facility Operations collaborated to implement the inter-campus shuttle program earlier this year.

Cole Kitchens, SGA’s executive vice president of operations, believes it’s important to provide students with a safer alternative to travel between campuses and an option to return home without having to use the CTA.

“New students are unfamiliar with campus and CTA lines,” Kitchens said. “You don’t get a CTA advice manual when you enroll in college, and you never know if a ride on the CTA will lead to a bad situation.”

Some students, like sophomore Edwin Dieta, find the CTA too cluttered, making them uncomfortable using it.

“I think the shuttle is important for student safety,” Dieta said.

“I think it shows the school really cares about us by giving us different ways to get around both campuses,” Dieta added. “Not everyone has these opportunities or resources, so it’s good to have them and use them.”

In addition to the inter-campus shuttle, Vinnie Van services are available year-round. Previously, they were only accessible during finals week. The service is available from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, Finals week will see longer hours. Friday and Saturday will have no service available.

SGA President Kevin Holechko believes using the Vinnie Van service will revolutionize the way DePaul transports students from Lincoln Park to their homes.

“It would essentially make it an incredibly safe way for students who live within the confines to easily get home,” Holechko said. “Rather than being forced to take the red lines, brown lines and beyond at, say, eight or nine o’clock in the evening, they can now wait for one of the Vinnie Vans to take them home safely.”

To be deposited, students must complete a brief form indicating their residential address within the deposit limits. Vinnie Van service boundaries are Ashland (west), North Ave (south), Addison (north), and Sheridan (east).

Both the inter-campus shuttle and the Vinnie Van buses will have magnetic signs that say “Inter-campus shuttle” or “Vinnie Van”.

Drivers will also remind passengers of the service before they depart, according to News.

“Yeah, you can hop on the CTA bus, they’re doing their job, but you’re on a bus full of strangers,” Holechko said. “You don’t know how many of those people on that bus are fully vaccinated. As to where if you use a DePaul shuttle or van, you know, everyone on board is up to date with their vaccinations and they all go to school in DePaul.

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