Students take shuttle rides to DFW Airport

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    Student Government Association is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving break shuttle to the DFW airport today, Wednesday and Sunday.

    A Wynne Charters shuttle took students to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. today. The shuttle will be located at the Brown-Lupton University Union again for student pick-up on Wednesday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Harvey McSwain, freshman computer science major, said he heard of the service from the email sent to the student body. 

    “I think it’s really good because it helps out everyone, because people can’t always get rides to the airport,” McSwain said. 

    Jenna Howell, sophomore nursing major, said she used the shuttle last year.  

    “I decided to do it on my own and my parents appreciated it a lot,” Howell said.

    SGA has one shuttle driving students back and forth at the airport. There will be two shuttles at the DFW Airport, Gate C20 (lower-level) to pick up students on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 2 to 7 p.m. running every hour for pick up.

    According to the Facebook page, What2Do@TCU, the advertisement says SGA is not responsible for missed flights or missed shuttles and ask students to allow extra time to get to and from the airport.

    Kim Turner, assistant director of student activities at TCU, said SGA approves the shuttle program for Thanksgiving break every year.

    “The budget is set and approved by SGA each year. The amount is based on the previous year’s cost, as well as estimates from a local bus company,” Turner said.

    Turner also said the shuttle program has been operated by SGA for years, much longer than she has been working for the university. Students and parents usually associate the shuttle with SGA, she said.

    “While the premise is very simple, the shuttle program is a very effective way to help students simplify their travel plans and save a little money during such a short holiday break.  It’s just one of many ways SGA gives back to the student body at TCU,” Turner said.

    SGA does not have the shuttle program before the Christmas break because students leave and come back erratically, she said. Also, the length of Christmas break allows students to drive their cars home. Turner said as a result of this, there is a reduction in the number of people who fly, leading to a reduction of students needing the service.