LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- UALR will start a new, free shuttle, the Trojan Trolley, beginning Tuesday as a safe and convenient service for students and employees who park in campus perimeter parking lots or who live in nearby apartment complexes.
Two trolleys will run a constant loop of two different routes north and south of campus that bring passengers to and from their cars and apartments to central campus locations.
The trolley routes will run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The shuttles are handicapped accessible and can accommodate 24 people seated; about 45 people total can ride seated and standing. View the route stops.
Chancellor Joel E. Anderson said the new service is in response to suggestions from students and employees, and he expects the first year, a trial period, to lead to a permanent shuttle service.
"Student safety and convenience are primary reasons for the shuttles. We also hope to attract more drivers to the free outlying parking lots, which offer many open parking spaces at all times of the day and evening," Chancellor Anderson said.
The university issued a Request for Proposals for a shuttle service contract last fall. A private Little Rock company, Arkansas Destinations, was selected. Arkansas Destinations will provide trolleys and drivers for a 48-week annual contract.
The Maroon Trolley loop will run the south route, with pickup sites at South Oaks and Coleman Place apartments and University Plaza parking lots. Riders will be taken to a stop near the Donaghey Student Center and a stop on Campus Drive near the Administration building and Stabler Hall.
The Silver Trolley loop will pick up students parking in lots 13, 14, and 15 on the northern perimeter of campus and riders will be taken to a stop near the Fine Arts Building on Campus Drive West and the Donaghey Student Center.
The pilot routes may be adjusted to meet campus needs, said Dave Millay, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, whose department will oversee the new service.
(Source: University of Arkansas at Little Rock)