By Kylie Neel
In addition to the many changes Louisiana Tech has added this year, also coming to the campus community will be a university shuttle system.
As a result of the construction from buildings to road closures, campus parking will change drastically, making the shuttle very useful for directing students’ way around campus.
Adam McGuirt, executive director of strategic activities, had insight on what is to be expected with this huge addition. For example, the parking is mainly affected on the east side of campus, with morning rush hitting over by the College of Engineering and Science building and the College of Business building. Commuter students, if they choose, will be able to park in Tech drive lot, across from J.C. Love Field.
“This lot was not used much at all last year, and this is where the shuttle will be picking up students,” McGuirt said. “We’re starting to let students know about the shuttle coming soon during orientation, and we will begin spreading the word here pretty quickly to the rest of campus.”
Not only will commuter students be impacted, but on campus housing students as well. According to McGuirt, there will be a brand-new gravel parking lot for students behind the Delta Chi fraternity house. This parking lot will help the overflow of on campus housing students that park in the West Mississippi lot, while commuters will have the option of where to park.
The estimated time to complete that parking lot will be in the fall of this year.
As of right now, the Shuttle will have seven stops, starting from the Tech Drive lot, and finishing there as well. The route will be offered from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Students must present their Tech ID if they want to ride the shuttle,” McGuirt said.
There will be multiple pick-up and drop-off locations, making this easily accessible for Tech students and in a timely manner during the fall and winter quarters.
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