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Thursday. August 4, 1977 The Tar Heel 7
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By STEPHEN HARRIS
Chapel Hill buses will run for another
year, at least, as UNC accepted a
compromise on its bus payments Monday.
But the issue is still simmering.
Chapel Hill Mayor Jim Wallace seemed
apologetic when he explained hs
compromise in the bus system controversy to
the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen last
week. When the Board heard the
compromise, it grumbled, made a few
protests and then went along with it. The
compromise squeaked past the board, 4-3.
but only on the promise that next year's
bargaining would be different.
The Board had wanted to drop some of the
bus system's huge expense, but found the
University unwilling to take up the slack. An
August agreement deadline hurried the
Aldermen into taking what the University
would give them. But next fall, the town will
have plenty ot time to drive a hard bargain.
And this summer's show could be a skirmish
compared to the next bus negotiations in the
Money drives wedges between the best of
friends and Chapel Hill's buses have become
a wedge between a town government and a
university that has gotten along with each
other remarkably well.
But the pcbblem is not with the town or the
University, but empty buses. The system so
far has proved to be a big lemon, threatening
to eat up revenue from either the town, the
University, or both.
People are just not using the buses
enough. Though few city bus systems make
money. Chapel Hill buses are light years
away from breaking even. Some interesting
figures came out in a letter by UNC Assistant
Chancellor Claiborne Jones that was
published in the Chapel Hill Newspaper. Out
of a $977. 1 30 budget this past year, the buses
raised only an estimated $1 19,170 of it, or
12.3 per cent. The town and the University
paid the other S857.960.V
The town will not; continue to pay
$500,000 bus bills, as it did last year.
Especially since the townspeople do not use
the buses. When the bus system first started,
the standard joke was "What is big and
orange and empty'?'' Chapel H ill buses are no
longer orange, but they are often empty,
except when hospital employees and a few
students ride to and from the University.
A Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of
Commerce study showed that 90 per cent of
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all bus riders have a UNC affiliation. This
figure has become the Aldermen's banner to
charge to South Building and dump the
town's busses into the University's lap by
sticking the University with most of the bills.
Alderman Ed Vickery has stated that UNC
should pay two-thirds of the bus budget and
that figure could become the town's target.
But the University is not going to accept
this, unless trends change.
The University's enthusiasm for the
Chapel H ill Bus System has waned. Since the
system began, the University has pursued a
policy of, not encouraging bus use. but a
policy of providing all the parking spaces it
can on campus. The new parking deck at
N.C. Memorial Hospital two years ago did
not help the bus system. And a second
parking deck, approved early this year,
certainly rubbed the Aldermen the wrong
The University "introduced" the bus
system to students two years ago by tacking
on a bus pass to student's parking stickers,
which about doubled the sticker's price to
$54. Last year, suddenly bus passes were
offered at "half price." Next year, the stickers
will be at a "discount."
Meanwhile. Franklin Street continues to
hold heavy traffic, even in the summer. This
fall, the streets will be packed. The 15-501
by-pass is and w ill continue to be bumper-to-bumper
during rush hours. It may take
another gas crisis ' to 'wake people up to
Chapel Hill's reliance on private
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