University of Memphis offers new mode of transportation

(WMC-TV) – There is a new way for University of Memphis students to get around campus.

The university rolled out a sneak peek of its newest addition to the campus, a shuttle service.

"Obviously when you have a campus with almost 23,000 students, parking is definitely going to be an issue when you have that many people anywhere," said Tyler DeWitt, Student Government Association President.

Students asked for it, and they got it.

At no cost to students or the public, the Blue Line consists of six buses that will connect two routes through the Main Campus and the Park Avenue Campus.

Wondering how to track down the Blue Line? There is an app for that.

"We really wanted high technology and have an app to see where the bus is, so students asked for that, and we delivered," said Edwina Thomas-Washington, Assistant Vice President of Business Services.

Each Blue Line shuttle bus is equipped with a GPS unit, which gives the real-time location in order to help students manage their time.

Each bus will seat 26 people, and are wheelchair accessible. There are even bike racks on the front of the shuttle.

Anyone can ride the shuttle during regular university business hours. After 5 p.m., however, riders must show a current University of Memphis identification card or be accompanied by someone who possesses one. The shuttle service is expected to go into daily operation next month.