As the seasons pass on Ohio State’s campus, new challenges arise on your daily commute.
Those nice walks to class through the beautiful trees on the Oval have now become a chilling battle against wind and rain. As summer leads to fall, students and employees will have to account for the changing weather on campus.
As the temperature begins to drop, that 20 minute walk to class or the library stops being your daily dose of the outdoors and turns into your battle with the elements. For some, inclement weather means showing up late to class or skipping all together.
However, many students fail to use many of the alternative options for getting to class. For example, The Ohio State University offers one of the most comprehensive campus bus programs in the nation. The Campus Area Bus Service, or CABS, runs Monday through Friday with limited service on the weekends.
CABS is part of the university’s transportation and parking services department. Bus service is free to the general public and services all campus areas and neighboring East Residential neighborhoods. With the addition of the Transportation Route Information Program, or TRIP, riders can see real-time locations of all campus buses. (TRIP Information can be found at the following Link).
This tool allows riders to view where buses are currently located and provides real-time information on when the next bus will approach a designated stop. This information can also be received by sending a text message to “41411” with the message OSUTRIP (space) (bus stop ID).
If you have a smartphone, try the website www.osucabs.com. This website can use your current location and find the nearest CABS bus stop while providing arrival times for the next available bus.
Taking the bus is a great way to avoid battling the elements on your way to class and is free for all commuters. Unlike taking a bus on the Columbus Ohio Transportation Authority, or COTA, CABS does not require any student ID to be shown for a free ride.
CABS buses are also a green solution to getting to your class. All CABS buses run off of Biodiesel, a synthetic diesel fuel made from organic material. The new Ohio Union Marketplace, which serves food inside the new Union building, uses a composting machine for all biodegradable waste. This compost material is sold to a local Biodiesel manufacturing company where it is turned into fuel.
So quit walking through the rain and cold and use one of the many resources available to Columbus residents living by the university. The Campus Area Bus Service is a great way to get around campus while still remaining environmentally friendly.