UMass Hagis Mall drop off 2:08 AM early Sunday morning
The UMass "Sober Shuttle", an after hours bus run from downtown Amherst back to campus, kicked off this weekend and by the looks of things -- a packed bus -- seemed successful.
But then, maiden voyages often are.
A crowd of around 30 waits for 1:20 bus at Post Office town center 1:17 AM early Sunday
According to Student Government Association President Akshay Kapoor, “The truth is that there is only a very small segment of students who cause some, if any, disruptive behavior in our community, and it is my hope that this initiative will be another step by the university and its students to help reduce that problem and extend an olive branch to the town.”
Agreed. Well, mostly. Except the part about "if any" disruptive behavior. If Mr. Kapoor is uncertain that any disruptive behavior can be traced to UMass students then he certainly has not been paying attention these past few years. Or maybe just not reading this blog. Or both.
My only fear is that the buses running late will encourage students to drink more.
The other major problem we have with a minority of UMass students is ETOH calls (alcohol poisoning) tying up our ambulances, making them unavailable for other life threatening emergencies.
So making it safer and more comfortable for students to stay out even later, drinking, when just one more can put someone over the edge is certainly not going to help solve that part of the problem.
Sober Shuttle (Rt) bumps up against Sunderland Bus (left) 1:20 AM Sunday Town Center