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Hey Tartans,

Hope that midterms are going well! If not, remember that spring break is only a few days away!

With only 10 weeks left in our term, Pooja and I are beginning to narrow down the final projects that we’d like to accomplish this semester. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing our safety task force report, working on some policy changes for student government, and looking into lobbying efforts. This week, I’d like to talk about an initiative that Pooja and I have been working on — the StuGov Loop Bus.

Originally discussed in our platform last spring, Pooja and I have received the funding and approval to pilot a weekend, nighttime Loop Bus for Carnegie Mellon students from March 20 through May 9. The Loop Bus, which is somewhat mirrored off the old Port Authority UV Loop and a shuttle service called the SGA Loop sponsored on Duquesne’s campus, allows all undergraduate and graduate students of Carnegie Mellon to ride free of charge on a nighttime shuttle to explore other Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

While the long-term vision of the bus is to expand to a number of neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, the pilot program will include stops at Forbes and Grant (downtown), Station Square, two stops along Carson Street in the South Side, and the SouthSide Works. Because of the current unreliability and nonexistence of Port Authority buses, students who go to Station Square or the South Side are forced to take taxis or pay $12 a person for DDLimos, which frankly doesn’t make sense. This, in addition to safety concerns, is the reason why we think that the StuGov Loop Bus will be a great service for students.

The bus will leave hourly from the UC turnaround on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on the half-hour from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The last ride will arrive back to campus around 3:15 a.m. Watch out for our LOOP campaign in the coming weeks and check out our newly revamped website: stugov.andrew.cmu.edu/executive, the first permanent Executive Branch website, for more information.

In closing, hopefully many of you have noticed that petitions to run for Student Body President, Student Body Vice President for Finance, or Student Senate are available at the UC Info Desk and due tomorrow at 5 p.m. Yes, they are due tomorrow — but you still have time! I promise, filling out a petition won’t take you more than one night. Having a represented voice for students is that important — and the sky really is the limit on projects that you can work on!