Snazzy new GUTS bus fleet to be deployed starting this month
Get ready to ride in style, my fellow Hoyas, because yesterday afternoon the Office of Planning and Facilities Management announced the initial deployment of 16 new Georgetown University Transportation System (GUTS) buses starting January 20.
As stated in the email sent to the Georgetown University community, the goal of this investment is to improve the GUTS service that accounts for over 2 million passenger trips a year.
According to Vice President of Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey, the current bus fleet is more than 10 years old and was in need of modernization. “By replacement, we are able to improve driver and passenger safety, economy and support our sustainability goals,” Morey told Vox in an email.
Specific improvements include front, back, and on-board cameras, integrated bike racks, and better fuel efficiency. As a result of passenger feedback, the new buses will also provide for improved route signage and Georgetown University identification.
“Currently the GUTS buses do not clearly indicate the intended routes,” Morey said. “The new GUTS buses have improved signage which will be clearly visible to passengers so they know exactly the destination of the GUTS bus.”
The final art design for the new buses was a result of the collaboration between the Art Department and the offices of Communications, Auxiliary Business Services, and Planning and Facilities Management in spring of 2014. Assistant Professor of art and history Collier Hyams challenged his Intro to Graphic Design class to come up with a creative design for the new bus fleet.
After more than 100 designs were produced, Georgetown students voted from a short list of 10 to select the winning design, which was created by Olivia Duff (COL ’16).
Six of new buses will begin service on Tuesday, January 20, and the additional 10 buses from the fleet will be phased into service between now and April.
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