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New shuttle service could benefit Buffalo State students

Christina Stuart

(Buffalo, N.Y.) – SUNY Buffalo State students could soon have an easy way of going out to bars, without having to drive themselves, through the use of a new social shuttle service that drives anyone who wants to explore Buffalo.

Eric Chiazza, co-founder and president of The Buffalo Movement, created the shuttle service for people who can’t find a place to park on the busy streets in Buffalo.

The new shuttle has a set strategic route in Buffalo near bars and restaurants for people to enjoy a night out drinking without worrying about driving.

“I tried to develop a way people can get around better on the streets without having to worry about parking and the weather,” said Chiazza.

The shuttle will stop at Gramma Mora’s and Sidebar on Hertel in North Buffalo; Mr. Goodbar, MTK, and Savoy on Elmwood; Big Ditch Brewing Downtown; and Lockhouse in the Cobblestone District.

The shuttle does not pick up or drop off at individual houses, but it will pick up and drop off at any of the location stops.

The pickup wait time ranges from 20 to 30 minutes and it costs $10 for the entire night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Buffalo State students might like the service because of how close and popular Elmwood Avenue is to campus.

Buffalo State student Allie Martin says she enjoys going out on Elmwood.

“I would love to try the new shuttle. It is such a smart idea and I heard about it on the news,” Martin said. “I would love to try it out and experience Buffalo at a low cost.”

Chiazza eventually plans to extend the shuttle service route to Buffalo State, Canisius College and Medaille College.

“It’s good because a lot of college students don’t have cars or don’t want to be the designated driver for the night,” Chiazza said. “This way no one has to worry about driving.

“Students are saving money, they don’t have to risk drinking and driving, they don’t have to take one for the team and drive, and they don’t have to worry about paying for parking or pay for cabs,” said Chiazza.

The shuttle bus also offers custom tours throughout Buffalo. The only other transportation nearest in price is the NFTA Metro bus.

Buffalo State student Zack El-Sharif heard about the new shuttle bus through Facebook and says he is interested in using the service.

“I just turned 21 about two weeks ago and I’m fairly new to this campus, so I would love to try going out on Elmwood or downtown and the new bus would make my transportation issue go away,” El-Sharif said.  “So my friends and I can go out and not worry about who’s driving.”

El-Sharif said he has a few friends at Canisius and with the shuttle making plans to connect the colleges, he could join his friends from other schools.

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