If you’re heading to the Verizon Center on Saturday to watch the Hoyas trounce (we hope) American University, your ‘best’ options for getting there—splitting a cab six ways, taking the GUTS bus to the Dupont Metro stop to Chinatown, or worst of all, taking the GUTS bus to the Rosslyn Metro stop to Metro Center to Chinatown—are all a real hassle.
But if things shake out the way Georgetown University Student Association President Calen Angert (MSB ’11) thinks they soon will, students will have a fourth, better option for getting to weekend games sometime during this men’s basketball season—buses that go directly to the Verizon Center.
Angert and his colleagues have been talking about implementing new routes for a while, but have only recently made substantial progress on the issue.
GUSA Deputy Chief of Staff for Student Life Mike Meaney (SFS ’12) recently spoke to Abe’s Transportation, which runs Georgetown’s weekend transportation, which told him that they were happy to change the routes. He is preparing to speak to the director of transportation of the Athletic Department to work out the change with them.
“I don’t know if this will get off the ground before Christmas or after Christmas,” Angert said, but they are on track to happen this season.
On November 15, he and Vice President Jason Kluger (MSB ’11) sent out a survey to the student body to assess whether students would support these bus routes if it meant rerouting some of other buses run by Abe’s Transportation on the weekends, making wait times longer between buses to and from Rosslyn, for example. The over 1,100 students who took the survey overwhelmingly supported the route change.
From the survey:
- One thousand, one hundred and seventeen of the 1175 students who responded to the question, “If buses were offered to Rosslyn or directly to the Verizon Center on weekend game days, which option would you use?” said they would use the direct route.
- Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 1,119 students said they strongly or slightly supported a route change that would offer a direct route but lengthen some wait times, with 801 students strongly supporting it.
Photo by Hilary Nakasone