Allison McGillivray, Campus Editor

The 2012-2013 Miami Metro map looks a little different than last year’s map with major changes being made to the orange and both of the purple express routes.

Miami University saw an increase in Miami Metro ridership last year. However, there was a substantial decline in ridership on the purple express routes, according to Lt. Ben Spilman of the Miami University Police Department (MUPD).

“Being that they were underperforming routes we wanted to use those in a way that they would be more useful for the people who ride the bus,” Spilman said.

The purple express routes connect the West Millet and Ditmer parking lots to the center of campus, according to Spilman. They arrive every ten minutes from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“The one thing that we really hope to happen out of this is that parking in a remote location will become more of an option,” Spilman said. “We hope that well help ease some of the congestion on campus by making it easy to get the remote parking lots.”

The orange route now connects the residence halls to popular off-campus student housing. It runs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursdays and on the weekends it runs from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to Spilman.

The orange route also runs out to Walmart on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

“The idea behind this route is that it connects the residence halls on campus with the high density off-campus residences and also run out to Walmart to provide an additional shopping option,” Spilman said.

The blue, red, green, and yellow routes remain the same as they were last year, with an exception of a brief detour by the blue route around Western Drive.

Western Drive will be closed until 2014 due to construction. The blue bus must enter and exit by the Art Museum.

Here is the link to the Miami Metro map: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/parking/images/MetroRouteMap.pdf

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