Bring the 80 bus stop back to Union South
Changes to the Metro Bus, Route 80 include decreased service to the Eagle Heights neighborhood and the re-direction of the route to no longer include Union South as a stop. As one who has recently learned of the changes, I would like to express my dissatisfaction and discontent with the decision regarding the Union South stop. Bus Route 80 bus is arguably the busiest route on campus, and Union South is one of the busiest stops on the route. The route provides transportation to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, many of whom travel to and from the Union South stop. This is the primary stop for many parts of campus, including engineering, statistics, computer sciences, and some of the life sciences in Henry Mall. The availability of this stop is particularly important in the evening and nighttime hours, when the Route 85 service schedule ends, leaving only the Union South 80 stop as a practical means of bus transportation in this area of campus. It is very common for students to study after sundown, and with the engineering campus spread out over a city block, students are already forced to walk in the dark to Union South to take a bus. Moving the stop raises a large safety concern for students. Union South provides students with a safe, covered location from which to watch for the bus, which is especially convenient for students and staff in inclement weather. The building is well lit, and provides more safety than a covered bus stop in another location might. With the increasing concern for safety on campus, Madison Metro should consider rider safety before moving the stop from Union South. Another important thing to note is the convenience of Union South to the Bus 80 drivers. Union South is often where drivers use the restroom, get a snack, or take a short break if the route is ahead of schedule. This may add a couple of minutes to the route, but would be inconvenient for the drivers if taken away. To replace the Union South stop, a temporary stop had been set up on Charter Street, near the Psychology building. This stop has been recently deemed unsafe and is no longer used. Now, to ride the 80 from Union South, you must either walk to the Mills Street stop or the Charter Street stop near Medical Sciences. Neither of these options is convenient or useful to riders. Because of growing safety concerns, I would like the Bus 80 stop to return to Union South, and I am signing my name to this petition to show my support for its return.