After evaluating the effectiveness of the new Crimson Ride bus route during the first several weeks of classes, The University of Alabama’s Transit and Transportation Services’ bus routes will return to their operations from last year.
The change will go into effect Sept. 14.
“Since we never experienced a pandemic before, we were concerned with how to get the students from their commuter location or residential community to the academic core for students to attend to class,” said James Knickrehm, associate director of transit and transportation services.
“In evaluating ridership for the first three weeks of classes, we do not see a need for the modified routes. We’re returning to the normal routes that three-fourths of the students who experienced Alabama transit are used to.”
Students, faculty and staff are still required to wear masks and social distance aboard University transit vehicles.
The routes can be found at ua.edu\maps. Buses operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The on-call transit service, 348-Ride, will run from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Saturday, rather than until 3 a.m.
“Our goal is always to support the needs of our student population,” Nickrehm said. “With no campus facilities open after midnight, and to support on-campus and citywide restrictions, our student ridership has been almost non-existent after midnight, so we are adjusting the 3 a.m. end time to midnight to mirror the ridership.”
Direct questions to transit and transportation services at 205-348-7433.
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