Come this November, students facing transportation problems will have a new option. Campus Connector will be extending its services to the college, for students who are traveling regionally over major breaks during the school year.
Campus Connector is an organization that provides shuttle services during major holiday breaks for colleges and universities throughout the country.
The organization was originally created as a student government project at Middlebury College in Vermont and has grown from there to be the largest university shuttle service available in the nation.
“We started to look around at some other schools surrounding us and rapidly began to realize that students around the country had very few easy ways of getting to and from campus. We try to be that link,” said Matthew George, CEO and Founder of Campus Connector. “Our goal is for every student to have a safe, easy and affordable way of getting home directly from campus.”
Students at CofC may board one of the Campus Connector shuttles at the beginning of break and receive a ride to either Columbia, Clemson or Greenville.
The Greenville shuttle is currently sold out for the upcoming Thanksgiving break but Campus Connector is hoping to add a second shuttle. At the end of each break, students can then board another shuttle headed back to Charleston, and arrive the night before classes begin.
Carpooling or taking the bus to get to their station is not necessary. Campus Connector picks up and drops off students directly on campus. Their buses have several features meant to make a college student’s trip more enjoyable; some of their shuttles even include satellite TV and WiFi service.
The organization does not operate their own buses. They contract with commerical bus operators in each area to help provide the best service. The Campus Connector website states that every bus they use is “thoroughly inspected prior to each trip and are all certified by the Federal Government at the highest levels for highway safety standards.”
A one-way ticket from College of Charleston to Clemson over Thanksgiving Break is $69 and to Columbia is $59, with the same prices again for a return ticket. Students can also purchase round trip tickets to Clemson and back for $135 and to Columbia and back for $115.
“Students at CofC don’t have easy ways of getting to and from campus from many major regional cities.We’re hoping to… provide service for each academic break to make sure that getting to and from college is as simple as hopping on a bus,” says George.
“We’re thrilled with the response we’ve gotten so far from the CofC community and are really looking forward to providing service to the campus for years to come.”
If interested, students can find out more or order tickets online at www.BreakShuttle.com or read more on the Campus Connector’s Facebook page, by searching for “BreakShuttle.”