Morning Buses: A Comeback or a Compromise?

JESSICA COWLE

The Manhattanville Valiant Bus has been a topic of conversation since the removal of the late night bus in the fall of 2015. After much deliberation and backlash from the student body, the school has decided to bring back the old schedule which included a 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. return bus on both Fri. and Sat. mornings. There was, however, one condition—the morning bus was to be discontinued and a set of “Valiant Values” was to be put in place.

The morning bus provided students and faculty transportation to and from White Plains. After its removal, the Manhattanville community is speaking out to try and find other forms transportation to and from White Plains in the mornings.

After meeting with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Donna Eddleman, she told Touchstone that the decision to revert back to the original Valiant Express schedule and to remove the morning bus transportation was separate and distinct from one another and the morning bus was removed due to limited ridership.

Due to the booming demand for morning transportation, Manhattanville made the decision to compensate students taking the Bee-Line to White Plains in the morning.

In an email from Lyn Nelson, Associate Director of the Center for Career Development, she explained that the College will compensate students who are enrolled in a credit bearing internship or a Professional Internship Certificate (PIC) for their commute. The College is going to cover those expenses by providing students with a MetroCard for the Bee-Line bus.

Manhattanville College’s Student Government Association (SGA) created the “Valiant Values” as a guide to keep both riders and bus drivers safe.

Charlie Rusch, Student Body President, spoke about the creation of “Valiant Values” as being a guideline for students who wish to ride the Valiant Express after 10:30 p.m. Rusch said that President Geisler asked the SGA to form a set of rules and regulations for the Valiant Express. Rusch told Touchstone that there are security cameras on the bus and that students will be held accountable for their own actions. Additionally, students are required to communicate with Sharlise Smith-Rodriguez, Dean of Students, if they see a violation occur.

Other than compensation from the Center for Career Development for Bee- Line transportation, the College has no plans on bringing another form of transportation in the morning hours. The Center for Career Development Center is currently working to best accommodate all students that are registered for an internship that require a commute to the White Plains Transit Center.

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