- Why is Wake Forest providing the shuttles?
As the number of vehicles coming to Wake Forest — from students, staff, faculty and visitors — has steadily increased over the years, the campus has found it no longer possible to provide sufficient and easy-to-find parking. This issue is particularly acute for off-campus students who drive to campus for classes and extracurricular activities and are often unable to easily find parking. Due to limited land availability and financial constraints, it is also not feasible to build additional parking lots on campus to meet the increasing need.
- When does it start?
Shuttle service begins August 23rd for this fall academic session.
- What will the expanded shuttle program do?
The immediate interest is to provide a robust and dependable shuttle service that will meet the needs of transporting off-campus students to and from Wake Forest. By having such a service, off-campus students can avoid driving their cars to campus and thereby reduce the current on-campus parking congestion. Currently, more than 500 undergraduate students live in six apartment complexes that are within five miles of campus. Should a significant number of those students choose to use the shuttle program, parking congestion can be reduced. The service is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.
- Where will the shuttle stops be located?
The new shuttle buses will stop at the following apartment complexes: Crowne Polo, Crowne Oaks, Crowne Park, Corners at Crystal Lake, Alaris Village and Deacon Ridge. The stop on WFU will be at the intersection of Wake Forest Road and Wingate Road, where the city bus stop is located for the shuttle serving Alaris Village, Deacon Ridge, and Crowne Oaks. The stop for the shuttle serving Crowne Polo and Crowne Park will be the entrance of ZSR Library.
- What is the new shuttle schedule for those apartment complexes?
Shuttles will operate Monday through Friday (excluding holidays when there are no classes).
- What is the cost to ride the shuttle?
There is no cost for Wake Forest students, faculty or staff to ride the shuttles.
- Will the shuttles also stop at other locations?
Shuttles will only be transporting students directly from the apartment locations to the campus and return. There will be no other stops.
- What are the personal benefits of riding the shuttle?
Sharing a ride saves you valuable time in searching for a parking spot on campus. It also saves you cash at the gas pump. People who share rides report feeling like they’ve reclaimed time to read the paper or a few pages of a book, listen to a podcast, or simply to think. Riders also have a chance to meet neighbors, chat, and make new acquaintances.
- What incentive do I have to take this shuttle? I’ll have to give up the convenience of having my car with me when I need it?
There are a few reasons that the shuttle may be more attractive to use than your car. The intended shuttle loop schedule will be frequent enough so that any student living at one of the shuttle stops can go from campus to a stop in no more than 20 minutes. Second, students will likely save much time each day in no longer having to search for a parking space that might be on the opposite side of campus from where they want to go.
- I see a Wake Forest shuttle driving around the campus all day. What does that shuttle do?
There is currently only one campus shuttle owned and operated by Wake Forest. That shuttle is dedicated to an intra-campus loop route that transports students in and around the Reynolda Campus. The loop includes stops at off-campus parking lots at Student Drive and First Assembly of God Church. The intra-campus shuttle begins daily at 7:40 a.m. and runs until 3 a.m. to ensure that students have safe and convenient transport around the campus. Because of the intense use of this shuttle for on-campus needs, it is not available for stops at other off-campus locations.
- Are there any other options being explored to reduce parking congestion?
This academic year, Wake Forest is offering satellite parking for commuters Monday through Friday. This satellite lot will be located by Bridger Field House with regular shuttle service to and from the Wake Forest campus.
- Why is the shuttle important to the community?
More than 400 student commuter cars added to the road at any time of the day increases congestion on our local roads. Wake Forest students can set an example for other members of the community by sharing the ride to campus. Most commuters to Winston-Salem drive themselves in single occupancy vehicles (SOVs). Sharing the ride with just one other person in a carpool would decrease congestion on local roads dramatically.