Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Shuttle Service for Students

A new student shuttle service will soon be available to students at Gordon College. To begin, the service will be introduced on a limited basis with anticipation of expanded hours next year. Home base for the shuttle service is Endicott College—the Beverly residential college campus is partnering with Gordon College to extend their service to our Wenham location. The service is free with a Gordon College ID.

Services will begin Thursday, January 27, and will include a stop at Endicott College, Montserrat College in the artist district of downtown Beverly, the Depot train station on Rantoul Street, Beverly, the North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody and the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers. “This new service will allow students to see the community around Gordon and really take advantage of where we live on the North Shore,” says Alyssa Maine, a senior communication arts major.

The Endicott-Gordon shuttle can seat 30 passengers, is equipped with a bathroom, has Wi-Fi on board, and is handicap accessible. Gordon’s shuttle stop will be located in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel parking lot. The shuttle is also equipped with GPS tracking. Though the satellite feed reports a slight delay, students will be able to view the general location of the moving shuttle—another feature we think students will appreciate.

“I am one of the few people in my close group of friends with a car,” says Amber Felder, of the Gordon College Student Association. “Knowing I will no longer be their only option for a ride is great.” Jesse Adams, student body president, agrees. “I’m pretty sure students without cars get tired of asking their friends for rides. This shuttle bus is a big need for our student body.” The service will also provide free transportation for friends and family who are visiting or staying the weekend on campus. If you have a sibling visiting and you want to take them to one of Cabot Street’s many cafes or restaurants, they will be able to ride the shuttle free of charge with your accompanying ID card.

Scheduling details and shuttle stop locations are available for viewing on the Gordon College website. We hope you are excited about this new shuttle program and we’re thankful for the partnership opportunity with Endicott College.

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