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Raleigh apartment complex drops shuttle to Shaw campus

Posted October 15, 2014

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— A Raleigh apartment complex's decision to drop Shaw University from a shuttle bus service it offers to Raleigh-area college campuses has upset some tenants, who say they were misled and now are left without transportation between school and home.

Wolf Creek Apartments, off Western Boulevard between Jones Franklin and Bashford roads in west Raleigh, has shuttles running to North Carolina State University and William Peace University on weekdays. But tenants who attend Shaw said the complex touted shuttle service to their campus more than 5½ miles away in advertisements, which is why they moved there and even renewed leases in August.

"The shuttles pass up and go back," Shaw student Andrew Thompson said, "the same route passing by Shaw University. What's five minutes to put a little extra stop right there?"

Wolf Creek suddenly canceled the shuttle to Shaw this fall and removed the school from its advertisements.

The complex's manager, Patrick Lang, declined to discuss the shuttle situation and instead issued a statement that said the buses run to N.C. State and William Peace because they have "substantial populations in residence."

"We welcome an opportunity to work with more universities and colleges to accommodate their students and extend our service to our other colleges and universities," the statement said. "Every academic year, we revaluate all of our amenities to insure we are able to accommodate and service our student population."

Thompson and fellow Shaw student Jameko Pinder said they tried to take the shuttle to William Peace and then transfer to Raleigh's R Line buses to ride over to Shaw's campus, but William Peace officials stopped them.

"Every time you get off the bus, they're like, 'You're trespassing. You all need to go back on the bus because you all don't go to William Peace,'" Pinder said. "We're like, 'We're only trying to walk outside of the gate.' So the guy was like, 'You guys are trespassing. I'm going to get my campus security.'"

A William Peace spokesman said Thursday that the Shaw students will be allowed to take the Wolf Creek shuttle to the Peace campus as long as they "move along to their destination."

Some Shaw students said they want Wolf Creek to let them out of their leases so they can move closer to campus or to a complex that offers shuttle service to Shaw. A Shaw spokeswoman said a university attorney is looking into the students' situation.

Because Wolf Creek won't explain why the shuttle to Shaw was dropped, the students said they are starting to feel it's because of discrimination against the historically black college.

"At first we didn't want to come to that conclusion, but the more the situation goes on, the more apparent it's becoming," Thompson said.

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  • DisappointedinThis Oct 17, 2014

    Disappointed my previous comment wasn't added. Hopefully this one is. Shuttle stop running to Shaw before our lease started and it states that they can change or stop service anytime. Embarrassed that my school is in the news again and it always seems like the race card is being pulled. Stop and grow up. I also heard that peace is still requiring IDs to get on and off. If that is the case I don't plan on riding at all or ride to state where they don't care.

  • Alex Branoff Oct 16, 2014
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    Wolf Creek tenants who attend Shaw should hold a march in protest. They sould walk from wolf creek to Shaw in the morning, Go to Class, and march back. They should March like that every school day until Wolf Creek adds the Shaw Stop to the shuttle schedule.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Oct 16, 2014

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    Were you there? Why do you doubt this witness?

  • glarg Oct 16, 2014

    I dont think they said that.

  • dwntwnboy2 Oct 16, 2014

    If the service was something offered at the time of the signing of the lease, then it should be offered until - at the VERY least- the end of the school year. If before the next set of renters comes in, they KNOW that there isn't a shuttle, then they can make an informed choice on where to live. I feel sorry for the students who found a place to live- may have made that choice based on the transportation situation as not everyone has a car- and anyone that has been to a college can tell you, commuting and finding parking is ALWAYS a fight. It was wrong for the complex to stop the service in what amounts to the middle of the semester. Could have given notice and let people out of leases between semesters if that's what they needed to do. To do it in the middle of the term is just bad especially when these students relied on that service based on what was offered to them when they signed the lease.

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 16, 2014

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    You don't think it's a possibility? Look at some of these comments, like a3806311's, ... look at the mentality people have... and tell me its not a possibility.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Oct 16, 2014

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    Ugh. Seriously?

  • Pepe Silvia Oct 16, 2014

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    This has nothing to do with public transportation. The complex is geared towards college students and one of the 'perks' they advertize to get renters is a free shuttle they provide that goes to the area colleges. Now they have suddenly dropped one of the schools from the the shuttle service and the students who are impacted are rightfully upset because they choose to live there based on this service being offered to them.

  • nonPC Oct 16, 2014

    Man I was so on these kids side until they dropped the race card...now I really dont care anymore...

  • iopsyc Oct 16, 2014

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    No one here is commenting on public transportation.

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