Rochester, N.Y.— Nearly three months after placing a temporary ban on “bar buses,” the University of Rochester has brought back the popular mode of transportation.
Students used the buses to attend special events, formals, and senior nights until mid-November when overcrowding, underage drinking and other issues appeared to worsen.
“There was less control over knowing exactly who was on the bus, who was going to come back what happens if a student just shows up at the venue didn't take the bus there, but wants to take the bus home,” said Matt Burns, Dean of Students at the University of Rochester.
The Campus Times reported that U of R reinstated buses February 1st with greater restrictions.
“I don't think it's an overreaction, I'd rather not have to react (but) we saw a problem developing,” said Burns.
Now, only those 21 and up can go and they must be for special, university sanctioned events.
“I guess I understood their reasoning, but it was a huge bummer because that directly killed senior nights,” said Ethan Lobenstine, a senior.
With other university buses or the chance to take a taxi or ride with a friend, some feel the buses are unnecessary.
“Walking around in an open campus while you are possibly intoxicated may not be a good thing,” said Sierra Cason.
Ronnie Davis owns several East Avenue and Alexander Street area bars.
“I think that’s a mistake because there are restaurants down there. There are things that are down there for all ages—freshman to seniors. They should let them experience what college is about.” said Davis.