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Carlisle circulator comes to town with support from student sentate

The Carlisle Circulator features a front-end rack that holds two bikes.

by Christine Dugan

Dickinson students, faculty and staff have a new, sustainable way to get around town—the Carlisle Circulator. An initiative by Capital Area Transit (CAT), the bus service offers routes to key locations around the area for access to downtown Carlisle, retail locations, local employers, health and medical facilities and special-event locations such as the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

Dickinson's Student Senate took an interest in the Carlisle Circulator early in the planning phase—meeting with Carlisle borough and CAT officials, weighing in on routes and agreeing to be a major program funder. The senate, which saw the Circulator as a great service for the college community, stepped forward with a $47,000 commitment over the three-year demonstration period. As a result of their significant contribution, students with a current Dickinson I.D. will ride free during this time period. CAT also will be offering internship opportunities to Dickinson students as part of the senate’s support.  

“Student Senate is so excited about this project,” said Will Nelligan ’14, president of Student Senate. “We have contributed more than money to the Carlisle Circulator—students, faculty and staff have committed their time and intellectual capital to thinking about sustainable fuels, groundbreaking new bus shelters and marketing plans for populations on campus and off. In many ways, we see this work as the beginning of a new type of partnership between Dickinson and the greater Carlisle community, and we’re eager to watch it grow and inspire others.”

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Published May 12, 2014