Read the stories, hear the Voices

Taken from some comments and responses from surveys we capture the feeling of student affected by the removal of the L bus. The voices are many and unfortunately we can not put them all here. We appreciate each and every one who is participating and helping.

Amruta (Rutgers Grad Student)

I recently moved out of Highland Park. But I used to take the L bus daily while I was living there, and I sympathise with students who live there. As suggested by the authorities, using bicycle is definitely not a feasible option in winter. And also, not all students can afford to buy a car or move to on-campus housing (which is more expensive, compared to some places in Highland Park). Hence, L bus is very much needed for those who live in Highland Park.

Roberto (Rutgers Grad Student)

The L bus enabled graduate students, that with the limited stipend are not able to afford the costs of on campus housing and/or a car, to get to work, school and back home safely.  It is shameful that the person that represents our institution on this matter suggests using bicycles or walking through dark, isolated areas as the solution to those affected! The safety of the students should not be compromised in order to comply with budget reduction policies!

Qin Wei (Rutgers Undergraduate Student)

As an undergraduate student who have received less financial aid over the years, I choose to live at Cedar Lanes not only because of its price but also because of the availability of the L bus outside my apartment. Now that the L bus is gone its harder for me to get to class and back home. As a student of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, all my classes are on busch and I have an early class almost every day. As a result by taking away the L bus and putting a LXc bus every 30 mins it is inconvenient for me and others to get to class. Since missing one bus would mean that you would be late for class. In addition, the closest computer lab is at Livingston but to get there now I would have to take two buses, LXc to LX, rather than a northbound L bus that would take me to Livingston for the dining hall or student center. As a result, there have been many negative impacts from the removal of the L bus and I hope it can be brought back.

Sarah (Rutgers Grad Student)

It is important for Rutgers to support the ability of students to live in the surrounding community without having to add to the congestion and traffic problems in the area

Sarah (Rutgers Grad Student)

I live in Highland Park and do not own a car. This allows me to live on my TA salary without going into debt. While I do not use the L bus every day, when I do use it it’s extremely important. The walk from my apartment to Alexander Library is 45 minutes; this walk is unpleasant (and sometimes unsafe) in bad weather. Also, during semesters when I teach on Livingston Campus, the L bus is the only way for me to get to my teaching assignment without first walking half an hour out of my way to bus stops on the College Avenue Campus. Finally, I know that some students who live in Cedar Lane will be cut off from Stop N Shop, the only full grocery store they can access without a car, if the Harrison Avenue stop is no longer served by the L.

Jenya (Rutgers Grad Student)

The reason I moved to Highland Park was because the L Bus was on River Road and Harrison. I used it to get to my classes and work at Busch Campus. Now that the bus is removed, I have to walk in the extreme heat to Cedar Lane where there is no sidewalk. In addition, as a young female, I do not feel safe walking to the stop at night. As a graduate student, I have night classes and responsibilities and need safe transportation.

Caetlyn (Rutgers Grad Student)

This removal will affect disabled students who are already having transportation/access issues

Joshua (Rutgers Grad Student)

I don’t use it, but many of my classmates, colleagues, and friends do. They planned their housing and transportation to and from campus based upon it. They cannot walk or bike during the harsh winter weather, and some with disabilities can’t even do that in nice weather.

Eric (Rutgers Grad Student)

In addition to the above basic impacts on my life, the removal of the L bus also sends a dubious message to Rutgers students and community: environmentally sustainable practices are the responsibility of the individual, not shared by individuals and institutions/the state. Moreover, in this case, as the Highland Park community served by the L bus is comprised primarily by faculty and graduate students, it appears that the university may have imagined that a) we can afford to own private vehicles and b) we prefer to do so. These two assumptions reflect some of the class issues underlying efforts to transform our society into a more sustainable and just one. They are also simply erroneous, and are now evidently encountering a third erroneous assumption: that the communities affected by this decision would comply without question.

Anne (Rutgers Grad Student)

I always have classes that end at 9pm, and it is just not safe to walk across that bridge alone at night to get home.


2 Responses to “Voices”

  1. Deborah September 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Not everyone has worked up to the physical fitness level to ride a bike while carrying a backpack full of books and a laptop! Besides, bike riding is not a practical option for females like myself who mostly wear skirts.

  2. IMB September 8, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    The motto of the university is promising “Jersey roots, global reach”, but in fact in winter and on official holidays, Busch campus was like a ghetto, because there was no bus service at all.

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