Taxi experiment deemed a success
The Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) recently proclaimed Brunswick Taxi's trial run as the new convenience shuttle system a success. The month of April saw the taxi service take over the function previously filled by the College's own vans.
Tejus Ajmera '04, Treasurer-elect of BSG, cites positive
reactions from students and high usage as indicators of a system that
may find its way into the future of Bowdoin life. Jason Hafler '04, President-elect
of BSG, sees the achievements of the system as a step forward in the right
direction but also hopes to make way for improvements. "We still
have a ways to go with it, " Jason declares optimistically.
Though positive feedback abounded, a few complaints were
received by BSG members. The taxi drivers expressed their desire to receive
tips from student riders since they do not charge riders for their services.
Drivers also ask that students be at the location they specify when they
call to be picked up.
Despite these minor complaints, the trial run was a, "positive
change from the previous system, " Hafler explains. Jason also adds
that in the wake of the rape and stabbing at Bates, an effective transportation
system around campus at night is of heightened concern to students. Dale
King of Brunswick Taxi regards the safety of students as the most important
goal of the shuttle system.
The trial run will be extended to this first weekend in May. This weekend of the Spring Gala will be the last in which the Brunswick Taxi shuttles will be in service this semester. Tejus Ajmera '04 and other members of BSG are looking to bring back this revamped system in the fall.