Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Bus links Hamilton to Oxford

College riders travel free

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Traveling in Butler County became easier Monday with the debut of a round-trip bus service that takes riders between Hamilton and Oxford.

        The partnership between Miami University and the Butler County Regional Transit Authority allows students, staff and faculty with identification cards to ride free. The public can ride for $1. The experimental service operates Monday through Friday, and will cost Miami University-Hamilton about $50,000 this school year.

        “This is the first bus service between Oxford and Hamilton on a regular schedule since 1986,” said Dr. Jack Rhodes, executive director of Miami University-Hamilton. “We see it as a community service as well as a faculty, staff and student service.”

        Michael Bisson, president of the Student Government Association at Miami University-Hamilton, said he plans to ride the bus regularly to do research at the main library on the Oxford campus. He said the service is also important because freshmen in Oxford aren't allowed to have cars on campus, and this will enable them to take classes in Hamilton.

        In Hamilton, the bus departs from the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, with stops at the Hamilton bus hub downtown and at Meijer on the west side. In Oxford, the bus stops at the Shriver Center, McGuffey/CAB and across from Wendy's on Main Street. BCRTA's blue and yellow signs are located at each stop. All buses are handicap accessible.


               Buses leave from the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:45 a.m.; 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45 and 10:05 p.m.

        Buses leave Oxford (Main Street across from Wendy's) at 7:45, 9:15, 10:45 a.m.; and 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. On Fridays, the buses do not depart from the Wilks Conference at 5:45 p.m. and from Main Street at 6:30 p.m. in Oxford. The 10:05 p.m. bus goes nonstop to the Shriver Center.

        For information, call 785-5237.


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