by Maya Kaufman
A new bus route running through Gambier may help pop the Kenyon bubble.
GoBus, a rural bus service operated by Lakefront Lines, is planning to add a bus stop in front of McBride Residence Hall that will connect Gambier to a new, twice-a-day bus route, which will run from Wooster to Columbus.
Other stops on the route will be Mount Vernon, Newark, Millersburg, Granville and Pataskala, according to a GoBus employee.
GoBus contacted Associate Dean of Students Tacci Smith three weeks ago regarding the possibility of installing a bus stop on Kenyon’s campus, according to Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper.
“It was at least worth trying,” Hooper said.
Hooper and Smith agreed on Kenyon’s behalf to put a stop in Gambier, and the College then reached out to the Village Council for approval. Smith did not immediately return a call requesting comment.
Village Administrator Suzanne Hopkins said the council was “very supportive” of the proposition. Hopkins added that she does not foresee any potential problems with a bus route running through Gambier.
Hooper also helped to determine the best location for the bus stop. He suggested McBride because of its central location on campus and because it would provide enough space for a bus to easily make turns.
Although GoBus has not yet decided the starting date or rates for the route, Hopkins and Hooper said the line will likely start running in approximately two weeks.