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University begins student shuttle service to downtown Winston-Salem


January 21, 2009

On Jan. 22, the Wake Forest University Police Department will begin providing free shuttle service Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between the Reynolda Campus and several downtown Winston-Salem locations.

Service will be provided from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.  The shuttle is for Wake Forest students only, and a Wake Forest identification card must be presented to ride it.

“The purpose of this shuttle service, which is an initiative that Student Government brought to us, is to provide safe access to downtown activities that are popular with students,” said Wake Forest Chief of Police Regina Lawson.  “This is a pilot program that will be evaluated after the spring semester to determine if it will continue.”

The shuttle bus will depart from Lot C in front of Benson University Center beginning at 8 p.m., with additional departures approximately every 30 minutes.  The bus will make stops at Finnegan’s Wake, the Millennium Center, Foothills Brewing, Fourth Street Filling Station, Burke Street Pub and West End Opera House before returning to Lot C.  Riders will not be permitted to get on or off the bus anywhere other than the designated stops.

The shuttle is limited to 14 seated passengers.  If the bus fills to capacity while downtown, the driver will return to campus to unload, and then resume the route at the next stop.

The same rules governing the on-campus shuttle will apply for the downtown shuttle; however, if medical or behavioral incidents occur on the shuttle while the vehicle is off campus, the driver will contact the Winston-Salem Police Department or Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services directly by radio.

For more information, call (336) 758-5591.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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