If you are a first-year or just a student who is not privileged enough to have a car at school, then you know how frustrating it is to have to rely on other people or to pay cab fare if you want to go somewhere on a Friday night.
Thankfully, those who lack transportation finally have a free way to get to Winter Park Village; all they have to do is walk to the edge of Mills Lawn and wait for the Winter Park shuttle to arrive and pick them up.
The shuttle service that started a few weeks ago is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL). Brent Turner, director of OSIL, played a major part in organizing the shuttle. “We contract through Mears for the weekly shuttle service, since they have helped Rollins with SPARC day and SGA’s Rolly Trolly services.”
The Student Life Committee and a few other campus organizations spent a long time working out the details of the shuttle service, like insurance, choosing drivers, and funding the service.
The shuttle provides safe, continuous transportation to Winter Park Village starting at 6 p.m. and ending at midnight. All you have to do is wait until the Mears van shows up, show the driver your R-card, and enjoy the short ride to the Village. The drop off is at Regal Cinemas and the drivers cycle through that area every 20 minutes.
Once at the Village, there are plenty of things to do besides going to see movies, including eating at The Cheesecake Factory, Johnny Rockets, Menchies and other eateries; plus, there are plenty of stores to shop in, such as Borders, Publix and Edible Arrangements.
Why did OSIL and Rollins decide to introduce the Winter Park shuttle? “We wanted to provide a free transportation option for students who were interested in the various options at the Winter Park Village. Now there is a consistent, safe, and free way to shop at Publix, dine out with friends, enjoy shopping or catch a movie,” explained Turner.
So, for anyone who does not have a car to use or who is just too lazy to drive, there is now a free and easy way to find entertainment on a Friday night. Simply go to Mills Lawn every 20 minutes starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and get off campus without hurting your wallet.