Budget cuts for CSU and Fort Collins will cause some students to
not have a safe ride home beginning January 2004, when Transfort
Night Service will run only one route instead of the current
Night Service routes 62 and 63 will be cut, but a redesigned
route 61 will still run.
Marlys Sittner, operations manager for the city, said the reason
for cutting Night Service routes is because the city cannot afford
to run its daytime Transfort operations. Also, when Night Service
debuted in 1998, the city contracted with Associated Students of
CSU so that ASCSU, through student fees, would pay for the Night
“When ASCSU approached us it wasn’t something that we wanted to
put our money on because we had all the day needs,” she said.
Sittner also said that in the recent years, costs of operating
Transfort Night Service have risen and budgets for both the city
and ASCSU have fallen, causing both organizations to struggle with
funding the program. Although it was contracted that ASCSU would
solely pay for Night Service, the city did assist with funding in
the last couple years.
According to numbers released by the city, the annual cost of
Night Service for 2002 was $168,764. ASCSU budgeted $126,196 for
Night Service, leaving the city to help with the remaining $42,568,
which Sittner said is no longer possible because that money should
have gone to fund Transfort during the day.
“Ridership just never caught on like we wanted it to,” Sittner
said, “We have areas that we want to serve too, but can’t because
the money isn’t there.”
ASCSU President Jesse Lauchner said that losing Night Service
routes is unfortunate, but the ASCSU budget is exhausted.
“For the time being our money is not enough and no one is
helping us out,” Lauchner said.
He also said that he feels for students that will be unable to
get Night Service rides, but this is not a situation that ASCSU put
Robert Brooks, a freshman open option major who uses Transfort
Night service, said taking away routes is wrong for the city and
ASCSU to do.
“Isn’t that a crime to take away a means of public
transportation,” he said. “It’s not right for the people who have
The city proposed three options for the redesigned route 61 to
ASCSU in September, and the deadline for a choice is set for Oct.
The three route options cover the same areas, but each takes a
different amount of time and starts at different streets.
“The city’s position was we asked ASCSU what areas they wanted
to serve and we designed routes to accommodate those requests,”
Lauchner said that ASCSU is currently leaning toward the option
that would accommodate the most students, but take a little longer.
This route would cover parts of Overland Trail and Old Town.
“We have been forced to sacrifice so much coverage that we have
to keep what we can,” he said.
Lauchner also said that there is one positive to the city no
longer assisting ASCSU with funding.
“Now that ASCSU is solely supporting Night Service, any cash
from the fare box that the general public pays, comes back to CSU,”
For more information on the proposed route 61 visit the ASCSU
office in the Lory Student Center or call 491-5931.