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2 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday, October 24, 1985
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Dy KERSTIN COYLE
While most UNC students are satisfied with the
Chapel Hill Transit System, several students in recent
interviews complained about overcrowdedness, newly
changed routes and frequency of stops.
uIVe learned patience," said Lisa Lau, a junior who
lives in Estes Park Apartments. "The bus doesn't run
often enough. If you miss the bus in the morning,
the next one comes 15 minutes later. When I think
about being 15 minutes late for class, I say to myself
'Why bother?' "
Mitch Camp, a senior who lives in Sunstone
Apartments, said, "I'd like to see them increase the
number of stops. If you miss the 9:48 bus in the
morning, the next one doesn't come until 10:38. One
particular driver comes early and stops on Franklin
Street to get on time. 1 wish she would stop at the
beginning of the route when she's running early instead
of the middle."
Jodee Hibbs, a junior who lives in Whispering Hills,
mentioned weekend scheduling. "They could fix the
time better on weekends so students could catch a
bus to the games. It's too hard to find a parking
Complaints of overcrowdedness and scheduling
confusion came mostly from students who regularly
ride on the C and J routes. Recent construction and
traffic changes in the Chapel Hill area caused Chapel
Hill Transit to reschedule these routes.
"The bus is usually on time but it's always crowded,"
said Jamie Swan, a senior who rides the J bus and
lives in Royal Park Apartments. "I'm just glad that
we have one of the buses that runs at night."
Brooke Barker, a graduate student who lives in
Ridgewood Apartments, agreed that the bus was
usually on time but was often too crowded. Barker
also said that the recent route changes were confusing
at first but that she had adjusted to the alterations.
Despite the various criticisms, most students who
use the transit system as their main means of
transportation agreed that the service was fairly
dependable as well as convenient.
"When 1 need it, it's there," said Kent Reynold,
a senior who lives m Foxcroft Apartments. "It's a
hell of a lot harder to try to find a parking space
on this campus."
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The 1985 fall semester is the first time
in three years that the Chapel Hill
Transit System has reported an increase
in ridership, said Alan Tobias, system
The transit administrative offices
have estimated that there are over
10,000 riders per day.
Tobias attributes increased ridership
to a rise in gasoline prices, which may
keep students from using their cars.
"We have noticed a pretty significant
shift in this year," he said. " We Ye seeing
overloading in the afternoons, presum
ably after classes."
Approximately 60 percent of the
riders use a bus pass, and 75 percent
are UNC students.
"Like everything else in Chapel Hill,
if it wasn't for the university, we
wouldn't have a bus system," Tobias
"We have a policy not to leave
someone behind and, although we
naturally can't follow that rule on a day-to-day
basis, we try."
In an effort not to lose support, the
transit system has established "feeder
areas," which are those places where
ridership is low and there is not enough
demand for a bus.
"For those areas," Tobias said, "IVe
provided a cab service to take the person
to a bus stop."
Chapel Hill Transit works in coop
eration with the Dixon Cab Company,
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who charges the system $9 an hour for
a cab and driver. Cost to the rider is
50 cents, which is the same as normal
"We, in essence, pick up the tab,"
Tobias said. "But the system has worked
so far, and we have to meet the demands
of all our riders."
Combining the stops at Columbia
and Pittsboro streets has been one of
the largest modifications to the bus
"We can no longer have a bus line
in the southbound lane at the Carolina
Inn, which was one of our major stops,"
he said. "We have had to move three
of these major stops, but we are satisfied
with the shift and think our riders will
Other changes include a new stop
facility at Airport Road and discon
tinued service at Morgan Lake and
South Lake, Tobias said. Also, a route
in north Chapel Hill has been extended
to Weaver Dairy Road.
Tobias said that services on Sunday
were limited to the U bus because the
demand was not great enough to
warrant any other Sunday stops.
"The ridership hasn't indicated a need
for Sunday bus service," he said. "If the
occasion arrived, we would look into
Chapel Hill Transit, a division of the
town, receives revenues from three
sources: bus fares, town and UNC
contributions, and federal assistance
"There's no bus system that makes
a profit," Tobias said. "But we're the
fifth largest in the state, and so we do
see a lot of ridership." ,
Bus drivers make approximately
$ 1 3,000 to $ 1 9,000 a year and must have
a class C chauffeurs license.
"Our drivers enter a two-week exten
sive training session, which familiarizes
them with the town and our bus stops."
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From wire reports
DETROIT After 42 hours of
negotiating to end a strike begun
Oct. 15 by U.S. Chrysler Corp.
workers, union officials emerged
Wednesday with a tentative three
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would give workers wage hikes of
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United Auto Workers President
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Soviets deploy new missile
WASHINGTON In what has
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designed to illustrate the tough
strategy of President Reagan in his
upcoming superpower summit with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev,
Defense Secretary Caspar Wein
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Increase lowest in decade
WASHINGTON Because of a
modest 0.2 percent increase in
consumer prices during September
which kept the annual inflation rate
so far this year at its lowest level
in nearly two decades, Social Secur
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Social Security recipients will
receive only a 3.1 percent increase,
the lowest since 1975, the Social
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The modest increase in the Con
sumer Price Index was due mainly
to a rise of 0.3 percent in food prices.
This increase, however, was offset by
the declining cost of transportation,
which fell for the fifth consecutive
DaySlght-saving time extended
WASHINGTON A bill that
will expand daylight-saving time by
four weeks passed in the House
Tuesday by a 240-157 vote.
Daylight-saving time now begins
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Although proponents of the bill
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Revenue collections increase
North Carolina's revenue collec
tions for September amounted to
$387.4 million, a 10.33 percent
increase over September 1984,
Revenue Secretary Helen A. Powers
General Fund collections for the
first three months of the fiscal year,
which began July 1, climbed to
$1,143 billion, compared to $1,043
billion for the first three months of
the 1984-85 fiscal year, representing
an increase of nearly 9.6 percent.
U.S. Senator to deliver lecture
Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, R-Kan., will
deliver the 1985 Weil Lecture on
American Citizenship Monday, Oct. 28
at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Kassebaum, a former Kansas house
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1978, the first woman elected who was
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