City OKs Bus Route to Connect Business Campus

May 25, 2010 at 7:31 am
The city will partner with the University of South Carolina Upstate to transport students from the main campus to the new downtown business school.

The express bus service will be open to the public, but will run routes every 20 minutes to fit student schedules. Bus routes normally run every hour.

Assistant City Manager Chris Story told council Monday that the city will provide management and overhead support and the university will pay the operational costs. The new route will have no impact on current city bus service, he said.

About 900 students will attend classes at the new St. John Street school nicknamed “The George” in honor of George Dean Johnson, the school’s namesake.

Story said the route would further the city’s presence as a college town and encourage students to visit downtown often while introducing them to the city bus service. The new route is experimental, but could lead to other amenities such as wireless Internet connections, Story said.

USC Upstate Chancellor John Stockwell thanked the city for its support and said he expected the partnership to work well.

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Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.