Buffalo, NY - The problem in Buffalo's University District with some unruly students who are coming in from the North Campus to party may have a partial solution in the works. Residents hope cuts in the university's shuttle bus runs can reduce the problems and restore some peace and quiet in the area.
The UB Shuttle buses that ran late on Friday and Saturday nights carrying students between UB's North Campus in Amherst and the South Campus in Buffalo's University District near Main Street had a nickname from one neighborhood leader who called the route "party bus".
Or it's the less polite "drunk bus" to others. But after years of complaints from neighbors frustrated with house parties on surrounding streets with late night noise, vandalism, unruly behavior, and fights, the university appears to be listening. They cut back some of the bus runs last year. And now for this school year they are eliminating the runs from North Campus residence halls. Instead there is a central pick up point with only two buses an hour to the South Campus.
UB officials declined an interview request as they just issued a statement saying the change was based on feedback from all involved and discussions with the community.
It is progress according to University District City Councilman Rasheed Wyatt.
"Many times there would be pushback in the past, but this time they seemed to have a plan that incorporated the sentiments of the residents," he said.
Neighborhood leaders are also cautiously optimistic that the bus schedule's changes may work to reduce what seemed to be a weekend invasion in the early morning hours.
2 On Your Side did ask if solving one issue for neighbors could cause more drinking and driving among some students.
Wyatt replied: "Again, police will have patrols that can address that. But again the other issue...I'm hopeful it may not be as much of an issue...is Uber. Now we have Uber here so they can take Uber."
There is also hope that UB will continue to fine and sanction students who get out of line in the community. And perhaps someday go with more timely discipline decisions by the university instead of just issuing appearance tickets for future proceedings.