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New bus routes give UB students alternatives to "Party Row"

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 22:13:58-04

The University at Buffalo is making changes to its student bus schedule in hopes of quelling a student party culture that has long- plagued the University Heights neighborhood.

For years, students living at UB's North Campus have been able to board a bus that would drop them off near the South Campus, so students often ended up at parties hosted by students who live off campus.

Now, university leaders hope new bus routes will encourage students to try other activities.

And Barbara Ricotta, Associate Vice President of University Life and Services said the 2016-17 school year began with new bus routes a new schedule modeled after a successful pilot program the school tried last spring.

"In the spring we talked about a couple of options, said Vice President of University Life and Services Barbara Ricotta.  "We talked to our students and asked them where they would like to go."

Now there are three new free bus routes that provide students with alternative entertainment options on the weekends. Destinations include Walden Galleria, as well as bowling alleys and movie theaters on Transit and Maple Roads.

In addition to the new routes, the university is cutting back on the number of trips the busses will make to the South Campus on popular party nights. The bus now makes the trip every 20 minutes instead of every ten minutes, and administrators are encouraging students to be good neighbors to residents in University Heights.

"Think about this neighborhood as if your parents were living next door," Ricotta recommends to students. "That's what we want you to think about as you're part of the neighborhood."