Agreement would expand city bus services at UL-Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette students may soon ride to and from campus on Lafayette city buses, university and city-parish officials announced Wednesday.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council is set to vote Aug. 19 on an agreement with UL-Lafayette that could add up to five city buses to ferry students between campus and the parking lot at Cajun Field, adding to the university’s fleet of 11 buses and three shuttles.

The enhanced transit service could be in place by Aug. 25 and start carrying students during the fall semester. The deal also would allow students, faculty and staff to ride city buses anywhere in Lafayette for free by presenting their university ID card.

“This will minimize the wait time at Cajun Field for our students, and by taking buses from Cajun Field to campus, or using a bus to travel to other parts of the city, students can help ease traffic congestion in Lafayette,” UL-Lafayette President Joseph Savoie said.

Under the proposed agreement, UL-Lafayette will lease the buses and use drivers from the UL-Lafayette Office of Transportation Services. The agreement also calls on the university to purchase compressed natural gas from the city government to run the buses.

“We have under utilized infrastructure with our bus fleet, and UL has a need for more comprehensive transit services for their students,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel. “We are all extremely excited about the potential of this partnership for both the university and for our transit system.”