New features make RU Transit more accessible
As students at Radford University, we are lucky for many reasons: we have qualified professors who provide us with an excellent education, a tight knit student body and a beautiful, mountainous campus.
At schools like Virginia Tech, James Madison and University of Virginia, most students depend on the bus systems. Unlike some of the other bigger universities, we have the luxury of being able to have all our classes, extra curricular activity sites and off campus points of interest right at our finger tips.
Most places to where students need access to on and around campus are only about a 10 minute walk no matter if you live on or off campus. At Radford, it seems as though the only students who use the Radford Transit are those going to Walmart, Green Hill Apartments or the Dedmon Center.
Because I live on campus and did not bring my car, I use the transit multiple times a week to go to CVS, Walmart or Dedmon for practice. I hear of students who have never taken the bus before but I think you’d be surprised. Even the local Radford community takes advantage of its great service for transportation throughout the New River Valley.
The best thing about the Radford transit is the bright red color and its easy to spot from far away. Although they aren’t huge, they are quite compact and carry quite a few riders. To me, they are perfect for Radford because they are not big city busses which would take away from our small town feel.
Last week I saw an advertisement in Dalton Hall for the new transit app. To attract more riders and make riding the bus as easy as possible, Radford has launched a new app which is an extension of our already existing “RU Mobile” app.
That same day I was off to my normal routine: taking the early morning bus to Dedmon. While I was approaching the stop, I realized I was late and may have missed the bus. I used the app for the first time and realized I had missed the bus and had to wait 27 minutes for the next one. Using this app, I was able to find another bus which came to the same stop.
If you already have your “RU Mobile” app, open it up on your smart phone and look at the top of its home page, and tap “Transit”, then tap “Next Bus.”
Even if you do not own a smart phone, you can still get in on the action! You can use their website RadfordTransit.com before you leave for your destination and plan your route step-by-step. The app offers a LED display with E.T.A.’s of the next bus at Martin Hall.
As a frequent bus rider, I do benefit from the application. This application is very user friendly and I think it will keep frequent riders at ease when waiting for the bus. It may get more students to ride the bus because college students are always looking for something new to do with their phone; why not track the bus? It is so simple and extremely helpful tool.
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