CU Transportation Services, the Boulder HOP bus route, and the CU Sustainable Transportation Program have been working over the summer to create new Late Night Transit routes that better serve students' needs. Late Night Transit services begin again for the fall semester on Saturday, August 25, 2018 with new routes that go further off Broadway and closer to where students want to go.
Late Night Transit runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings during fall and spring semesters and is free to all BuffOne card holders. The UMC/Pearl and Hill/Pearl routes are provided by HOP buses and begin when HOP service ends at 10 p.m. The Hill/Williams Village route is provided by Buff Buses and begins when Buff Bus service ends on weekends at midnight. All Late Night Transit busses have designated stops, can be flagged along their route, pick up every 10-15 minutes, and end at 3 a.m.
After collecting data from hundreds of students about their typical late night trip originations and destinations at the end of last spring semester, CU Sustainable Transportation staff found they could improve the routes to better serve areas students frequent most. The three new routes will better serve The Hill and Pearl Street and do so with less time between buses.
"The new routes get our customers closer to the locations they want to be instead of dropping and picking them up along Broadway which required a walk for most. With ridesharing services picking up and dropping off directly in front of a student's desired location, we needed to make sure that we are competitive with that high level of convenience. Our new routes will be able to offer that level of convenience, enhanced safety, and not cost our students any additional fees," says Brandon Smith, Assistant Director of Sustainable Transportation.
Late Night Transit is funded by student fees through the Environmental Center's Sustainable Transportation Program.