CATCHING a bus to Charles Sturt University will soon be a lot easier with staff and students to be offered an expanded service – but it will come at a cost.
The university and Busabout Wagga will expand the city’s current public transport network to include CSU’s main campus at Boorooma Street on November 18.
The expansion will allow passengers to connect with the whole of Wagga using the current bus system.
However, the new service will be more expensive for CSU staff and students, who will have to fork out an extra dollar for each one-way trip.
The university service charged staff and students with a CSU card $2 and those without cards $3 for a one-way fare, while Busabout will charge a $3 fare between CSU and central Wagga, Ashmont, Turvey Park, Glenfield and Mount Austin with a $3.50 fee for travel to Lake Albert, Kooringal and Bourkelands.
Bus travel within the main campus will remain free.
Hourly buses will run between CSU and central Wagga from 7.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, with a two-hourly service to operate between 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays.
However, as part of the change CSU will no longer operate its own bus service.
“Regular bus services to the university will continue, and being part of the Busabout network will provide for enhanced converge and better access to public transport,” CSU executive director of finance Paul Dowler said.
“The proposal has the support of the Wagga Student Representative Council (SRC), the university’s Student Services and CSU Green, the univerisity’s sustainability initiative.”
The move will result in the coverage of around 80 per cent of the Wagga area, a 45 per cent increase to existing university services.
Rivcoll SRC president Hanna Milnes said it would be different not having the university service, but good to have a more comprehensive coverage.
The new services will be maintained during university holidays with CSU set to continue bus services until November 16.