Buses Don't Fit Your Schedule? New Technology May Show Otherwise

From: Public Affairs

Series kickoff on Friday, Jan. 20

NextBus, a new service employing satellite technology that enables riders to track Harrisonburg transit buses in real time with their cell phones and other mobile devices, will be discussed during the first "Think Green, It's Friday" roundtable from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 20. The event will be held in Room 404 of Taylor Hall.

In addition to discussing the NextBus service, Lee Eshelman, JMUís transportation demand manager, and panelists will discuss making the most of alternative transportation options at JMU, focusing on ways students, faculty and staff can conserve money and resources. Other transit resources on the agenda are the BRCC Shuttle, which is free for students and travels as far south as Staunton; Busfinder, the internet based trip planner; and Zimride, an online ride-sharing/carpooling match service.

The TGIF Series is sponsored by the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World and will feature a different topic one Friday of each month during the school year. Other events in the series are scheduled for February 17, March 16 and April 27. Themes, locations and times will be announced.

For more information, visit the ISNW website at www.jmu.edu/stewardship.

Published Jan. 17, 2012