The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, May 07, 1987, Image 3

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Thursday, May 7, 1987/The Battalion/Page 3 State and Local 9 »ed thestorj import;! lie’s ew intra-campus buses provide students comfort drivers question safety of new shuttle buses By Cheryl Pratt Reporter lot ^lOTlie new intra-campus shuttle ■Hers liBs have features that should Hegrilyia|e shuttling from class-to-class a g tobeitoEe pleasurable experience, but [| evr )m< bus drivers have questions ( i , bout the buses’safety. ofwoif The new buses, called Diamond “s \/3bB s ’ are mac ^ e °f Fiberglas. Five of ie|13 intra-campus buses are Di- V^Wnds. They are narrow in the ' ( *y l ' ront and get wider toward the back, f rtipBmie drivers say the structure of ie| Diamond buses causes blind I that could be dangerous. . ^^■’he Diamond buses are just an ^'t’^Blent waiting to happen,” said Joe !l|e( l hshmore, bus driver and engi- ‘ed onfleering technology graduate stu- i big ent idi firH 110 ^^ 1 driver, who didn’t want ^ v is name used, said, “They’re all ighi as long as you always remem- pper^r to check the blind spots. You 1 " as 'an’i see anything behind you.” ijot poMther bus drivers agree that the linn spots exist, but they believe IbHr benefits outweigh this disad- tarac: an,t S e - “I love the Diamond buses,” said Mark Nimocks, bus driver and junior business major. “A lot of driv ers don’t like them because they have so many blind spots, but they’re air-conditioned and they have an AM-FM radio. I like them a lot.” Passengers like these features as well. “I like them because of the big, cushioned seats and the radio speak ers,” said Ken Pemberton, a senior journalism major. . “It’s nice to be able to listen to the radio.” Ashmore said the tinted windows on these buses make it hard for him to see his passengers when he is driv ing. “I hate the Diamond buses,” Ash more said. “Not only from the dan gerous aspect, but I can’t be person able with my passengers. I look in my small rear-view mirror and all I can see are silhouettes. Granted, a bus driver is supposed to drive the bus, but I don’t like that atmos phere.” Doug Williams, manager of Bus Operations, said the office even tually wants to replace all the old miniature shuttle buses with these new Diamond buses. The Diamond buses are air-condi tioned, they ride better, they look better and they are more versatile, he said. Williams said the Diamond buses cost about $40,000 each, while the other intra-campus shuttle buses are Carpenter and Thomas buses, which cost about $32,000. “If replacing the old buses doesn’t save money, I’m certain it will pro vide better service,” Williams said. All intra-campus shuttle buses are funded by the University Police De partment. Director of University Police Bob Wiatt said, “This year we are giving bus operations about $380,000 for the operation and maintenance of the intra-campus shuttle buses. We use some of our parking revenues, including parking tickets and park ing permits, to fund the intra-cam pus shuttle buses. “That alleviates bringing vehicles onto campus. It facilitates moving pedestrians around. So we feel we are justified in assisting shuttle bus operations in its funding.” Clements approves bill raising some highway speeds to 65 mph AUSTIN (AP) — Taking a swipe if He federal government. Gov. Bill lent (clients signed the proclamation get loHnesday that will raise the speed . yittpiit on rural interstate highways to 1( ( , ( Hph beginning Saturday. , “liny federal bureaucrat who 11 lought the 55 mph limit was rea- H u mable never drove a highway mile >o carrij Texas,” Clements said. "Sev- The new speed limit, authorized earlier by Congress and the state highway commission, takes effect this weekend. It will apply to about 2,441 miles of the 3,147-mile interstate highway system in Texas. It does not apply to state highways, where the maximum limit remains 55 mph, officials said. “Texans have wanted the speed limit changed to 65 mph virtually since the day the federal govern ment lowered the limit from 70 mph to 55 mph in the early 1970s,” the governor said. Clements also said the lower speed limit, enacted during the Arab oil embargo, had caused difficulties for Texans. “The reduced limit didn’t have much of an impact on smaller states like Rhode Island or Delaware. It had a major impact in Texas.” on ai^ nncM irship / wert onil 1 ' not in 28 fo' )SS We will be buying books back during Finals Week in the Redmond Terrace park ing lot on Texas Ave. Plenty of Free t COS' 1 ' d /and of a s. ha fthe tenaS “We care about Aggies- Just as we have for 30 years. Thank you for your business” Old Army Lou ’32 din etc' Parking Behind the Store Northgate 335 University IE Si! THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL All Champagne Heineken 12 pack Stoley 80° Liter 693-2627 1600 Texas Ave. S. 10% off $9. 79 $13.™ Cash or check preferred College Station records*tapes-vicleo Culpepper Plaza happy hour fnday 2-6 movie rental over 2,000 titles $1.99 bestseller books 25% off Open: Mon. - Thurs., 10-10 Fri. & Sat., 10-11 Sun. 12-10 1631 Texas Ave., College Station 693-2619 BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL? fituefy QpeciaQ Domino’s Pizza has a special for you! Anytime, day or night, from May 1st thru May 15th you can get a 12" one-item pizza for only $4.95. 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