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Southern Wesleyan University Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New CATbus Terminal
Date:  1/19/2017
ArticleType:  Ribbon Cutting



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Southern Wesleyan University | 907 Wesleyan Drive | P.O. Box 1020 | Central, SC 29630

January 18, 2017

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Southern Wesleyan University’s new CATbus terminal officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 17 at Central. Pictured from left: Al Babinicz, CEO/general manager of Clemson Area Transit; Dr. Todd Voss, university president; Dr. Lisa McWherter, vice president for advancement; and Jonathan Catron, physical plant director. The new bus stop is a reality, thanks to
a collaboration between university officials and Clemson Area Transit, the Federal Transit Administration, Pickens County and the town of Central.

Southern Wesleyan University’s new CATbus terminal officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 17. From left, Keith Moody, Clemson Area Transit transit supervisor; Dr. Todd Voss, SWU president; Jonathan Catron, SWU physical plant director; and Al Babinicz, CEO/general manager of Clemson Area Transit, talk about the facility’s improvements with students Andrew Collins and Lexi Darling. In the background is Tony Payne, SWU’s associate vice president for development; and Leah Moyer, advancement creative event and scholarship director. Collins is a Special Education major from Seneca and Darling is a Religion major from Lexington, N.C.

 
New CATbus stop now open at Southern Wesleyan University

CENTRAL, S.C. – Students, community members and guests in and around the Southern Wesleyan University campus have a safe and attractive new place to board the bus, thanks to a collaboration between university officials and Clemson Area Transit, the Federal Transit Administration, Pickens County and the town of Central.

Southern Wesleyan University administration joined representatives of Clemson Area Transit, the town of Central, Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce and the surrounding community for a ribbon cutting Jan. 17 at the university’s new CATbus terminal, located near the intersections of Wesleyan Drive and Clayton Street.

“As we expand our campus and offer our facilities to the community, this new location is ideal for nearby parking and access to all SWU has to offer,” explains Dr. Todd Voss, Southern Wesleyan’s president. “The center of campus is rapidly moving west, and this change is simply the next step of keeping up with that movement.”

CATbus, a fare-free bus system that serves the Central and Clemson areas, has served Southern Wesleyan’s campus for well over a decade with its ADA-compliant, energy efficient bus fleet. The buses originally stopped at a shelter located at the end of Wesleyan Drive. With the addition of an articulated bus to the Red Route, a concentrated effort on finding a new, more visible and accessible stop near the intersection of Wesleyan Drive and Clayton Street was coordinated.

The new CATbus terminal features a pullover lane and a newly-designed shelter, allowing energy conscious riders to comfortably wait for the next bus, regardless of the weather. Buses stop at the Central campus every 30 minutes and a free smartphone app allows riders to track bus status.

For details about CATbus, visit www.catbus.com.

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