The Student Association doubled the fee for its bus service to area airports for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Colonial Coach – a shuttle to Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport – will cost students $10, up from last year’s $5.
Now in its third year of operation, the shuttle began as a free service for students looking to save money on their way home for Thanksgiving break. It remains significantly less expensive than a taxi or Super Shuttle.
SA funds originally covered Colonial Coach costs, but former SA president Nicole Capp instituted the $5 fee to cover part of the expenses last year. This year’s increase is due to rising gas prices, said sophomore Tabisa Walwema, the SA vice president of public affairs.
“Even though the price of gas has decreased in recent weeks when the contract was made, they were still astronomical,” Walwema said.
Colonial Coach buses will leave from the Marvin Center at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and Wednesday, Nov. 26. Students can purchase tickets in the SA office on the fourth floor of the Marvin Center. Online booking, which was available to students last year, is no longer an option.
At this time, the SA does not plan to continue the service for winter break.