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DTH Housing Guide Monday, February 20, 19899
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By CR AND ALL ANDERSON
Are you tired of the dorm? Do you
want your own place? There are many
places in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
area from which to choose. But before
you make your final , decision, you
should consider how you will get to
and from campus.
Most students who live off campus
either walk, bike, take the bus or, for
the lucky few who have parking
permits, drive. Some brave stu
dents may even try to park on campus
without a permit and pray the parking
monitors will show mercy when they
come to ticket or just will not show
up at all.
For those who can't walk to
campus, Chapel Hill Transit (CHT)
offers' its town-operated bus lines.
Scott McClellan, an official with
CHT, said 95 percent of the house
holds in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
area are within a quarter-mile of a
For an adult, a ride on the bus costs
50 cents on town routes and 25 cents
on University routes. But to save your
spare change, CHT offers bus passes.
Passes can be bought at the Chapel
Hill Municipal Building or at the
Department of Transportation and
Parking Services on campus.
Bus passes vary in cost depending
on how long they are valid, McClellan
said. Por an A pass, which is valid
for 12 months, the cost is $135.
CHT also offers a 4080 ride ticket
that costs SI 7, which allows 40 rides
on town routes or 80 rides on
The majority of bus lines finish
between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., but
the University shuttle does run as late
as 1:40 a.m.
Chapel Hill Transit also offers
Shared Ride services which operate
for people who need rides after their
nearest bus line has finished operating
for the day.
This service is offered using CHT
cars now, but in a few weeks the
service will be done in conjunction
with C&C Tarheel Taxi.
"People need to call in and make
reservations for a ride," McClellan
said. "They should tell us where they
will be and at what time, and we will
be there as close to the requested time
For those who are courageous and
love nothing better than fighting
traffic, biking is another alternative
to making that first class or returning
tayour. off-campus abode.
But some people may not be that
energetic in the mornings, and some
may not want the worry of having
a bike on campus. Also, the cost of
a bike and the accessories for it, such
as security locks, may discourage
" don't have a problem getting to campus;
it's getting back home."
Sophomore Kyle Buffkin
people from buying a bike. Another
problem may be finding a place to
keep a bike.
Bob Godding, Chapel Hill trans
portation director, said the town has
received some complaints about
bikers from motorists.
"There are a lot of improvements
to be made in relation to the biking
situation," Godding said.
One complaint is that bikers tend
to take shortcuts through parking
lots, which causes a problem when
motorists are attempting to move
around the lots, especially when they
are backing out of spaces.
"I am asking bikers not to cut
through parking lots, especially
(municipal parking) lot number five,"
Godding said. Lot five is on the
corner of Church and Rosemary
If you live outside a two-mile radius
of the Bell Tower, you may be eligible
to get a precious commuter parking
John Gardner, transportation
planner for the Department of Trans
portation and Parking Services, said
lucky students can get a spot five to
10 minutes from Polk Place where
most classes are held.
"Student government determines
who will get which lots," Gardner
said. "People can also get F lot, which
is down by the Smith Center or P
lot on Airport Road."
The University offers free bus
passes to make using the fringe lots
easier. "About 70 buses per day go
through the P lot, and this number
will eventually increase," he said. "We
will also be opening a lot on (N.C.)
Highway 54 just past Slug's
For those who want to take their
chances on parking illegally, Gardner
offers this piece of advice: "Once we
have it on record that a certain vehicle
has three tickets registered to it, then
well start towing it."
Godding said the Town of Chapel
Hill also offers parking spaces in
town-owned lots that range in price
from $25 to $50 depending on the
location of the lot.
Private lots are. also available
through businesses, where parking
might be free. Tony Marder, general
manager of Slug's at the Pines, said
people may use the Slug's lot free on
the condition that they find some
where else to park if Slug's has a
private party during the day.
St. Thomas More Church allows
people to use their parking facilities,
but they do ask for a donation in
As for people who live off campus,
how do they get to classes? Paul
Dawson, a sophomore from
LaGrange, said he lives only two
blocks from campus, so he walks.
Kyle Buffkin, a sophomore from
Tabor City, said he takes the bus
because he lives at Shadowood
"I don't have a problem getting to
campus; it's getting back home," he
said. "The bus schedule conflicts with
my class schedule. The T bus comes
about two minutes before I get out
of my last class, so I have to wait
about 40. more minutes to catch the
So for the best bet to get to campus,
if you are not within walking distance,
and you are not brave enough to bike,
listen to the words of Bob Godding:
"Take the bus."
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