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YORK STUDENT SAFETY FIRST! A fight to gain back east and west village shuttle services.

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A formal request to York University Transportation Services

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Dear Transportation Services,

        In view of the extreme weather conditions and the several attacks that have taken place in the neighborhood surrounding York University called the “The Village”, this is a formal request to restore the Village East and West shuttle buses. The majority of residents that occupy the housing in the village are York University students. The recent attacks may not be directed at York University students nonetheless, students are affected by these events thus resulting in many students feeling unsafe as they are required to walk home without a safe escort. As many of the drivers will if asked watch students walk into their homes to ensure they arrived safely. Currently, the only bus running is the village express bus which is problematic for several reasons. Between the Village East and West shuttle buses, thirty-three stops are made, with only the express shuttle running, a mere nine stops are made. Considering that the first shuttle bus starts running at six pm, by the time students are dropped off at a stop, that is several streets away from their home, it is dark outside with minimal street lighting. The non-urgency to restore the village east and west shuttle is a form of negligence. In light of the manslaughter of a York student earlier this year in broad daylight, we the students are unsure why a service that can prevent tragedies like this is not a priority. It has been almost a month since school has started and we believe this has been an ample amount of time to have the buses fixed or to hire more drivers if this is the case.

These are our requests:

  1. The restoration of the East and West shuttle services effective immediately.
  2. That a mandate regarding York University's transit safety be added to the York University Safety website (http://safety.yorku.ca/resources/) To hold the university accountable for injustices such as this.
  3. A written apology from the administration containing assurance that the safety of our students will never be compromised in such way again.

York Transportation Services, can reach out to yorkstudentsafety@hotmail.com with their response to our requests.

 



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