Requesting Emory Shuttle-North Dekalb to add a stop for better connectivity to marketplace

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Dear Friends and Colleagues @ Emory,

You will agree that owning a car in Atlanta is not always feasible for every student/scholar/trainee and many of us rely on the Emory shuttle system to get around. As you know, North DeKalb shuttle runs from Emory Circle to North DeKalb Mall, there is not a single stop after Walmart on the way to North DeKalb Mall. There is a large marketplace on its way @ 751 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, where many grocery stores (Cherians International Groceries, ALDI Store, Patel Plaza, A To Z Wholesale), Restaurants (Wendy’s, Waffle House, Zyka, Tava Indian Bristo, Gokul Sweets, Chinese Dhaba, Masala Indian Cuisine, Café Istanbul) and Clothing Stores (Zaveri Bazar, KB Zaveree, Mumtaz Fashions) are located. There are also Child care center (Clarian Place Child Care), Smart Care Urgent Care (Emory Healthcare) and few apartments (Paces Park, The Atlantic North Decatur, Carriage Place) located near-by. During November 2017 we requested Emory Parking and Transportation services to add an extra stop for this shuttle but the Transport office could not accommodate our request at that time and assured us that they will evaluate this in future.

We all understand and truly believe that Emory Transport offers one of its kind and best services to its employees not only for commuting to our offices but also to our daily needs for living. North DeKalb route is one of the busiest and traffic is very slow during office hours which makes it one of the lengthiest routes among others. At this situation we definitely do not want to overburden their schedule. Hence we are not favoring for any change in route or frequency. All we want is an added stop @ 751 Dekalb Industrial Way, on its way to North DeKalb Mall so we can effectively connect to the large market place in and around that area. This will definitely not add more than couple of minutes in the existing schedule. This will immensely help many commuters who do not have cars and could also reduce the number of people driving to work, who are staying at this location. We strongly believe that’s what Emory Transport Office strives for while offering its service to thousands of employees.

Hence, I have initiated an online petition to pursue this case further with the Emory Transport office. I sincerely request you all to sign for the petition and also ask your friends and colleagues to join this so we have a reasonable number to showcase our need and they can consider accommodating our request in near future.