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Get on the Bus: Kent Campus Bus Services

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2014 at 9:50 PM


The beginning of the fall semester is around the corner and there will soon be groups of students shuttling back and forth, using the Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA)/Campus Bus Services (CBS).

Initially, the (CBS) was designed to alleviate parking and traffic problems at Kent State University. The CBS started with seven buses and a maintenance area in an open parking lot outside the old stadium, which is currently the student center parking lot. The Campus Bus Service now has a fleet of more than 30 buses.



Passengers and driver pose in an early convertible bus with a handmade sign, "Normal School Fair 5 cents." Kent's first dormitory, Lowry Hall was not ready for occupation and so students commuted to campus from Twin, Brady and Silver lakes

In the seventies, the bus system expanded its routes. The bus carried students and community members to every location on campus. Many buses in the CBS fleet also installed "state-of-the-art gilligs (power lift entrances to enable disabled students to ride all CBS routes)."

For more information of the history of CBS please visit the Department of Special Collections and Archives or read its interesting history in  A Book of Memories, edited by William H. Hildebrand, Dean H. Keller, and Anita D. Herington.

Categories: Traditions

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