Innovation Campus bus route to replace perimeter service

Innovation Campus bus route to replace perimeter service

An intercampus bus makes a stop outside the Nebraska Union on April 29. UNL add two new bus routes in the fall, connecting City and East campuses with Nebraska Innovation Campus.
Troy Fedderson | University Communications
An intercampus bus makes a stop outside the Nebraska Union on April 29. UNL add two new bus routes in the fall, connecting City and East campuses with Nebraska Innovation Campus.

New bus routes connecting City and East campuses to Nebraska Innovation Campus will replace UNL's perimeter van service.

The routes were planned in accordance with the move of UNL's Department of Food Science and Technology from East Campus to Nebraska Innovation Campus. StarTran, Lincoln's city-owned bus service, will manage the routes through a five-year, $4.1 million contract with UNL.

"We launch the new routes Aug. 24, which is the first day of the fall semester," said Dan Carpenter, director of parking and transit services. "The perimeter route service will be reduced to one vehicle over the summer and eliminated when the new routes kick in."

StarTran has numbered the routes as 22 and 23. Route 23 will replace the majority of UNL's perimeter route as it overlaps nearly all of the perimeter stops, connecting City Campus to Innovation Campus. Route 22 will shuttle between the southwest corner of East Campus and NIC.

The new routes will operate during regular StarTran hours, which are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Carpenter said UNL will continue to offer an on-call van service for the entire campus from 6 to 11:30 p.m. weekdays.

Route 22 will operate year round including the summer months. Route 23 will not operate during the summer months. Carpenter said an accommodation would be made that will allow annual perimeter permit holders to park in lots closer to City Campus starting in summer 2016.

"We just want the campus community to be aware that these changes are coming to the perimeter route," Carpenter said. "The new route will cover basically the same territory while also allowing us to provide service to new classroom space at Nebraska Innovation Campus."

Maps of the new routes are not yet available but will be updated in May. For more information on parking and transit services at UNL, including bus route details and updates, go to http://parking.unl.edu.