SAVE ADEQUATE ON-CAMPUS BUS SERVICE
THANK YOU to all the students, faculty, staff, supporters and Culver City residents who sent email messages to the Culver City Council and/or who were present at the June 13 Council meeting to support no further cuts to the Fall 2011 schedule and keeping an on-campus stop. Thank you also to the Culver City Council for continuing adequate on-campus bus service to West.
JUNE 13 UPDATE: The Culver City Bus will continue to provide on-campus service in Summer and Fall 2011. SUMMER will have a more minimal schedule. FALL will have the same schedule implemented in mid-Spring 2011. The College administration supports the recommendation, accepted by the Council, for more minimal on-campus bus service during the Summer and the implementation of the Spring 2011 schedule for Fall 2011. The City may evaluate ridership data again in Fall.
At the June 13, 2011 Culver City Council, the Council considered what on-campus bus service should be provided to West for Summer and Fall 2011.
WEST'S POSITION REGARDING FALL 2011: West is willing to continue with the existing reduced Culver City Bus schedule made effective March 28, 2011. Based on our survey of bus riders and input from faculty, we find the schedule, which offered just over 50% less service, less than optimal. However, in the interest of being good neighbors, it is adequate for now.
West strongly opposes the removal of the on-campus bus stop that serves as many as 600 people daily. Our concerns are access, safety, and the work and family needs of the riders.
For over 20 years, the Culver City Bus (CCBus) has provided on-campus service to the West Los Angeles College campus. In the summer of 2010, in reaction to complaints from neighbors about construction and bus noise, the then campus president made an ill-advised decision to ask the CCBus to stop coming on to campus. There was immediate outcry from students, faculty, staff and others to reinstate the service. The on-campus CCBus service was reinstated in the Fall.
Since then, a small group of neighbors have stepped up efforts to reduce and/or eliminate on-campus CCBus service. To appease this group, in March 2011, the Culver City Council asked the CCBus to cut service to campus by 50%. West worked with the CCBus management to recommend schedule changes that would meet the 50% reduction, give some relief to the bothered neighbors, yet still serve students adequately. The CCBus submitted West's proposed schedule, with some changes, to the Culver City Council.
The Council and the college agreed the new schedule would be implemented at the end of March 2011. The schedule would be viewed as a pilot. It was to be evaluated at the end of Spring 2011.
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