New Barons Bus service: transporting students across campus and state lines
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 01:09
Miami University students and members of the Oxford community now have an intercity bus service to connect them to more than 3,800 destinations throughout North America.
Barons Bus Lines’ newly established Cincinnati to Detroit route allows passengers from Oxford to get to and from Cincinnati and Indianapolis for $10. They can also travel to Bowling Green for $25 and Detroit for $35.
According to Vice President of Barons Bus Lines John Goebel, this service can also directly connect passengers to other bus lines, such as Greyhound, allowing passengers to travel to and from thousands of other cities. If looking for bus transportation to an airport, Goebel recommends flying out of the Indianapolis International Airport. Barons Bus Lines stops one block from the Omni Serverin Hotel where passengers can then take GO Express Travel for arrival at the airport at approximately 11:15 a.m. Taxicabs are also available for potentially earlier arrival to the airport.
“If you’re going for a day-trip or whatever your travel needs are, those prices make it really affordable,” Goebel said.
The 56 passenger Motor Coach Industry (MCI) buses include amenities such as Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, flat-screen TVs, reclining seats and onboard restrooms, according to Goebel.
“Miami, and Oxford in general, was an area that was in desperate need of a bus service and has been for years,” Goebel said.
As of June 8, students can catch this bus on the corner of Maple and Spring Street, in front of the Shriver Center, every day, departing at 8:30 a.m. and 11:50 p.m. The 8:30 a.m. departure from Oxford heads west to Indianapolis and then north towards Bowling Green and Detroit. The 11:50 p.m. departure from Oxford travels to Cincinnati. These are currently the only stops in Oxford.
Goebel said passengers must print tickets themselves and bring an ID to board the bus. He also said the company is hoping to have the technology to scan tickets from a smart phone in the next year, but they do not yet have the capability.
Booking tickets months in advance is not necessary because schedules are always subject to change. However, he encourages students to purchase tickets online at www.baronsbus.com to receive the best rates. There are also more discounts, up to 40 percent off, when purchasing tickets 21, 14 or 7 days prior to the trip.
Director of Parking and Transportation Services Lt. Ben Spilman said Miami has been trying to expand their transportation network.
“We have pretty good transportation here on campus,” he said. “Now we need to find a way to get people here and get them home without necessarily having a personal car.”
Spilman said this is a huge opportunity for the Oxford community, particularly Miami students.
Senior Maggie McGrath said the new bus service will give students the urge to travel more.
“As a senior with a car, I won’t be using it as often,” she said. “If I were a freshman or sophomore, it would be very helpful.”