A daytime campus/Draper Lab shuttle and enhancement of the MBTA pass program for students have been announced by the Transportation and Parking Committee, chaired by Professor of Chemistry Alexander Klibanov.
The Charles River Transportation Management Association, in partnership with MIT and four other Cambridge employers, will will operate a local shuttle service tentatively scheduled to begin on June 1. The shuttle will operate from 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday.
The shuttle route will begin at Kendall Square, then proceed northwest on Main Street to Draper Lab, south on Fulkerson Street and west on Vassar to Memorial Drive. The shuttle will then go to 640 Memorial Drive and Building WW15, onto Waverly Street, turning at Fort Washington, proceeding via 640 Memorial Drive, down Memorial Drive to the Hyatt-Regency, and returning down Vassar Street to Draper and Kendall Square.
The experimental service will be evaluated over the next six months, and the route may change during that time. Initial shuttle stops will include Kendall Square/MIT Coop, Draper Lab, Building 38/34/36, corner of Ames and Vassar Streets, corner of Memorial Drive and Vassar Street, and 640 Memorial Drive/Building WW15. Drivers may stop at other locations if traffic conditions permit.
This shuttle is free to MIT employees, students and student family members living on campus, but riders must show the driver a valid MIT ID. The MIT liaison for the service, John McDonald of the Parking and Transportation Office, will produce route maps and schedules during the next several weeks.
The subsidized MBTA-pass program established last year, which offers off-campus students a $10 discount, is now open to some students who live on campus as well. Subsidized passes may now be purchased by registered students who work off campus and by those who are enrolled in courses off-campus. In both cases, students must be using the MBTA for their commutes.
All students are required to enroll in this program on a yearly basis. Applications for 1997-98 are available from the Parking and Transportation Office in Building E32.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 21, 1997.