Facilities and Transportation Committee
The facilities and transportation committee deals with all issues and complaints regarding facilities and transportation on campus.
The committee works with all buildings on campus with the exception of:
- Residence halls
- Dining halls
- The wellness center
- Campus safety offices/structures
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do the Cudahy Library doors remain closed?
According to the Associate Dean of the Library, Fred Barnhart, they evaluated the benefits and drawbacks of a single entrance and came to the conclusion that it is more secure to maintain a single entrance, but also provides opportunities for service efficiency, along with a more aesthetically pleasing main entrance to the University Libraries at the Lake Shore Campus. The single entrance also minimizes the impact of foot traffic on the Cudahy Library and providing a better research and study environment in the Cudahy Library. Since the IC entrance is also in a more central location, access is improved from other buildings on campus, to the El station, and to the north side of campus.
Why can’t the shuttles leave the Lakeshore Campus when they are full?
Because the shuttles are not allowed to wait at the Water Tower Campus downtown (per Chicago law), the shuttles always arrive at the Water Tower Campus, unload, load, and leave right away. If the shuttles were to stand at the Water Tower Campus for any more than a few minutes, they would be told to move by the police or Loyola could possibly be ticketed. As a result of this, shuttles need to run on a schedule so that only one shuttle arrives at the downtown campus at a time and can leave with a full load of passengers quickly. We know that it can be frustrating to see a full shuttle sitting for ten minutes waiting to leave, but this is the only way that Loyola can avoid possibly stiff fines and keep a regular schedule departing from the Water Tower Campus. We however are working with Transportation to determine if there is a more effective way to make the schedule more efficient.
For more information about the Facilities and Transportation Committee or to get involved, please contact the Chair, Kathleen Meradith, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Latest News from the Facilities and Transportation Committee:
- On Thursday, went very well!
- Military Monument
- Still waiting to hear back from capital planning.
- Cabinet has approved the idea of a USGA-commissioned mural underneath the Loyola station eL between Sheridan and Damen (on the East side of Damen).
- Kathleen has reached out to the art department, who will advertise to all fine arts majors/minors
- Rambler Route is done after Spring Break!
- When receiving the bids from the shuttle companies, they must include some option for an 8-Ride type service.
- We may be getting new vehicles.
- Looking into an uber-type app for the 8-Ride vans (or busses….whatever they will be).
- Transportation is committed to providing an efficient service to help keep students safe.
- Brainstorming—how to distinguish between “legitimate” riders and lazy drivers.
i. Can only take from off-campus to on-campus and reverse?
ii. That is the rule only Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights?
iii. But then is that keeping students safe on weekends?
- Shuttle Tracking
- First Transit, MV Transit, & Free Enterprise are the three vendors being considered by the Transportation department
- Bids are going to be returned by Friday.
- Then, we will meet with them
How do we gauge and collect what students want from the shuttles?
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For a full list of member information, please reference the committee section of the 2013-2014 Fall Member Directory.