It’s Time to Grease the Wheels of Change
By: Brenton Mitchell
CSI is a commuter school.
As such, it is a reasonable expectation that the school should provide an efficient means of transportation for the hundreds of students that commute to the island every day.
This effort is provided through the CSI ferry shuttle, a set of busses running a twenty minute schedule on full class days.
Though in classic CSI fashion, these shuttle busses that many students and faculty rely on every day are plagued with a multitude of issues and inconsistencies. Such circumstances frequently cause commuters to arrive late to where they are needed most, and force them to sit in the uncomfortable purgatories that are the shuttle bus stops.
Their reasoning behind a twenty minute schedule is twofold, the first is to work within the usual ferry schedule to leave as little wait time as possible. The second is to keep this steady flow of students to stave off overcrowding the busses with large amounts of students.
This is the ideal and expected function of the shuttles, though if the current state of campus development is any indication, CSI has trouble keeping to schedules.
In practice, the ferry shuttle either comes late or not at all. Forcing two “sets” of commuter students to squeeze onto the same bus, packing an unsafe and illegal amount of people on at once. Those that were reluctant to throw elbows to make it through the doors are simply left behind to hope that the next shuttle arrives as expected.
An especially infuriating circumstance was experienced firsthand last year.
During one of the peak morning times, one of the scheduled busses never arrived for their designated time. This resulted in the aforementioned scenario of two sets of commuters waiting for the next bus to arrive.
Interestingly, when the next bus arrived, it was followed by another shuttle bus, presumably the one that missed its previous moment of action.
The first of the duo pulled to the stop and opened the door, after which the driver looked the waiting students in the eye before stating that the bus was out of order. Then, he promptly shut the door and drove back to campus.
How an “out of order” bus manages to drive safely back to campus grounds, is a true mystery, but perhaps the vehicle possessed magic similar to the type that broke the heating system in the north side buildings.
Even the driver of the second bus was confused with the actions of their predecessor, but forced to deal with the resulting situation, they refused to compromise the safety by allowing an overflow of people on the bus. Which, while being an excellent display in integrity, also had the unfortunate effect of leaving close to thirty students behind to wait for another twenty minute stretch.
That’s also assuming the next bus even came on time.
Situations like this happen frequently. Far too frequently, in fact, for a service that is needed by a significant portion of the school’s tuition paying students.
The lack of a properly functioning bus service routinely causes students to arrive late to classes, jobs, and events.
Also, although busses can arrive on time, they sometimes still leave late because the driver decides to take time to smoke a cigarette or answer a phone call before leaving as scheduled.
The recent loss of 300 parking spots to construction have created a plentiful amount of issues for students who drive to campus, an influx of students using public transportation would be beneficial for everyone.
However, this benefit isn’t feasible if the main means of public transportation provided by the school is barely functioning.
I’m not sure what it will take to grease the wheels of change and improve the quality of the ferry shuttles, but until it happens there will surely be more tales of late arrivals and grand inconveniences.