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Ole Miss implementing internal bus routes

Getting around the University of Mississippi campus without needing a car will become easier for students and faculty next fall when the school implements an internal campus bus loop.

UM Parking Director Mike Harris said Oxford University Transit city routes will bring students to one of two hubs – the Student Union, once renovations are complete, and the Kennon Observatory bus terminal.

From there, students can ride either the Rebel 1 or Rebel 2 buses that will have stops around campus.

“Rebel 1 will be blue and gray on the map and it will go clockwise and Rebel 2 will be red and gray and it will go counter-clockwise,” Harris said Wednesday during the OUT Commission meeting.

“This will make the city routes more efficient because they won’t have to come through campus,” Harris said. “They won’t be dealing with all the students walking and congestion.”

Two other routes will receive name changes in the fall. The current Brown Route, one of the park-and-ride routes, will be renamed to the Bronze Route. The other two park-and-ride routes are currently the Gold and Silver routes.

“We’re changing it to just stay with that metal theme,” Harris said.

The Yellow Express line, which serves Campus Creek and Campus Walk apartment complexes on Hathorn Road, will be changed to the Hathorn Express.

“It will have two buses, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and then it will drop to one bus, to 9 p.m.,” Harris said.

Also on Wednesday, OUT Superintendent Ron Biggs announced that OUT will offer free bus rides to everyone on Christmas Eve.

“It’s just a way for us to give back and thank the community for its support,” Biggs said.