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ECU Transit: News & Updates

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News & Updates

March 4, 2014: Classes Delayed, Service Starts at 10:00am

Due to icy road surfaces, ECU administration has delayed classes for Tuesday, March 4 until 11:00am. ECU Transit will begin operating all routes according to normal schedules at 10:00am. Please use caution and allow for extra time when traveling to class as roads may still be icy in some areas.

March 3, 2014: Service Ends Early

As a precaution due to the possibility of hazardous road conditions, classes beginning after 5:00pm have been canceled. ECU Transit will continue operating all daytime service normally until switching to the 800-series Night Combination routes at 6:30pm. These routes will operate for a single trip leaving campus at 6:30pm. Once these trips finish at 7:00pm, all service will end for the night. Route 303 Blue will depart campus for its last trip at 5:45pm and will end service at 6:45pm. SafeRide service has been canceled and will not operate.

For Tuesday, March 4, ECU administration anticipates delaying the start of classes until 9:30am. In response to this delay, ECU Transit will operate normal service one hour prior to classes with all routes starting at or around their 8:30am departures from campus.

Additional updates will be posted here as well as to Facebook and Twitter.

February 12, 2014: Daytime Service Ends Early

As a precaution due to anticipated hazardous road conditions, classes beginning after 1:00pm have been canceled. ECU Transit will continue operating all daytime service normally until 2:00pm; last trips will occur around 1:30pm (exact times will vary by route).

Update: a previous announcement indicated 850 Pirate Ride would continue to operate as long as conditions allowed. However, due to deteriorating road conditions, this route has been canceled. As a result, all service ends at 2:00pm and no routes will operate after this time. SafeRide service has also been canceled and will not operate.

February 11, 2014: Night Service Ends Early

As a precaution due to the possibility of hazardous road conditions, ECU Transit will end night service early on Tuesday, February 11. The following changes will be in effect:

  • All 800-series routes will depart from campus for their last trips at 8:00pm
  • 303 Blue will depart from campus for its last trip at 7:45pm
  • SafeRide will end service at 8:30pm

Additional updates will be posted here as well as to Facebook and Twitter.

January 31, 2014: Night Service Remains Canceled, Will Resume Saturday, January 31

On Friday, January 31, night service will remain canceled as a precaution due to freezing temperatures which may cause wet surfaces to become icy overnight. At this time, we anticipate resuming normal service for all routes and SafeRide on Saturday, February 1. Additional updates will be posted here as well as to Facebook and Twitter.

January 6, 2014: Pre-Semester Service Starts Thursday, January 9

On Thursday, January 9, ECU Transit will begin operating limited service prior to the start of the Spring 2014 semester. The following routes will operate:

  • Thursday, January 9 - Friday, January 10
    • 850 Pirate Ride: 10:00am - midnight, last trip departs hub at 11:30pm
    • SafeRide: 6:30pm - 2:00am
  • Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12
    • 303 Blue: 1:45pm - 10:45pm, last trip departs hub at 9:45pm
    • 307 Walmart: 1:15pm - 10:15pm, last trip departs hub at 9:15pm
    • 850 Pirate Ride: 1:00pm - midnight, last trip departs hub at 11:30pm
    • SafeRide: 6:30pm - 2:00am

Normal full service will resume with the first day of classes on Monday, January 13.

December 10, 2013: Fall Semester Ends December 12

On Thursday, December 12, exams for the Fall 2013 semester end. ECU Transit services will also end on this date with all daytime routes continuing to operate according to their normal schedules. All 800-series Night Combination routes are canceled; however, route 850 Pirate Ride and the 900-series Pirate Express shuttles to the downtown area will operate according to their normal schedules.

No service will be provided during the break beginning Friday, December 13. A future announcement will be made regarding any limited pre-semester service operating prior to the beginning of Spring 2014 classes.

October 18, 2013: Midnight Madness & Special Halloween Service

ECU Transit will be out on Halloween to operate special late night service to the Mendenhall / West End bus stop; please be sure to take a look at important details in our announcement. Heading to Midnight Madness? Look for it this year at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium via 950 Pirate Ride Express!

September 18, 2013: College Hill Temporary Closure

On Thursday, September 19, College Hill Drive will close for the annual Pirate 500 Box Car Derby Race from approximately 2:00pm until 6:30pm. During this time College Hill Drive will be inaccessible to traffic. This closure will affect the following routes:

  • 303 Blue
  • 305/306 Gold
  • 307 Walmart

Affected routes will using the crosswalk at the intersection of 14th Street and College Hill Drive as an alternate stop location. It is anticipated normal routing will resume in time for the first trip of 850 Pirate Ride at 6:30pm.

September 12, 2013: Family Weekend Service

As part of ECU's Family Weekend 2013 celebration, ECU Transit will be providing special transportation services to help students and their families attend the Virginia Tech game on Saturday, September 14. In all, the following services will operate on game day:

Family Weekend Shuttles
Begins: 8:00am
Last trip: 5:00pm (approximate)
Service provided: serves Health Sciences parking lot to tailgate area pre-game, then from 14th Street back to Health Sciences parking lot post-game or earlier if needed

ADA Shuttle
Begins: 9:00am
Last trip: up to 90 minutes post-game or until all riders have been transported
Service provided: serves Christenbury Gym parking lot to Dowdy-Ficklen Gate 10

Uptown Greenville Shuttle
Begins: 9:00am
Last trip: up to two hours post-game
Service provided: operates continuously to serve downtown stops Winslow's, Sup Dogs, Varsity Club, and UBE and transport riders to 14th Street behind Belk Hall

September 3, 2013: Avoid the Blitz!

On Thursday, September 5, ECU will host Florida Atlantic University at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Because this home game occurs mid-week, a number of adjustments are being made to university classes and operations to accommodate the large number of visitors expected. Although most ECU Transit services will operate according to their normal schedules, some will be modified or canceled entirely; please see the service calendar for complete details. Avoid the blitz! Additional information regarding parking, street closures, and other related accommodations for this game can be found at www.ecu.edu/gameplan.

August 29, 2013: Labor Day Service Exceptions

Beginning Friday, August 30 and continuing through Tuesday, September 3, ECU Transit services will be reduced or canceled for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please see the service calendar for complete details. Details on parking and shuttle services operating for the football game on Saturday, August 31 are available at www.ecupirates.com.

August 20, 2013: RDU Shuttle Info Available

During orientation, we announced the upcoming availability of a special shuttle to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). More information is now available, including a schedule of planned trips.

August 20, 2013: Campus Construction Projects

The campus of East Carolina University is ever changing, continuing to grow and evolve much like the students we serve. As part of this growth, recent construction projects on campus to improve safe access for pedestrians and bicyclists have had an impact on vehicle access to some areas. Students, staff, faculty, and other visitors to campus are encouraged to make use of transportation alternatives, like ECU Transit's system, where ever possible.

Riding the bus instead of using your own vehicle helps to reduce potentially dangerous traffic congestion on campus while still moving large numbers of people in and out of the area. If using your personal vehicle to pick up or drop off others on campus, please refrain from using any of the major bus hubs to do so. These areas include Christenbury Gym, Speight Building / Rivers Building, Joyner Library, and the Mendenhall / West End bus loop. Using these busy locations not only impedes the flow of bus traffic, potentially affecting hundreds of riders at once, but can also introduce new and unnecessary hazards for pedestrians and bicyclists alike.

If you have questions on how to best use ECU Transit for travel to and from campus, please contact us for more information. Everyone has a role in making East Carolina University a safer place to be!

July 29, 2013: Move-In Service Schedule

Beginning Thursday, August 15, ECU Transit will begin operating limited service for the move-in period. Students and parents, take a look at the schedule now so you'll know when and where to ride.

July 24, 2013: Fall 2013 Route Maps & Schedules Now Available

Schedules for Fall 2013 have been posted online. Full service for the fall semester will begin on Tuesday, August 20. Please take a few minutes to review important route information for the upcoming semester. Plan ahead so you don't get left behind!

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