“Unless we find a way to educate students or encourage them to ‘pace themselves,’ we will continue to see more and more delays with the bus service.”
The city of Oneonta contracts with the Student Association to provide bus service to students.
Paul Patterson, Oneonta director of transportation, said an OPT driver has to clean up the vomit or pick up another bus, and either option means a delay in service. He recently sent a memo to SUNY Oneonta University Police and an administrative adviser about the issue, which he described as more like a notice about road construction than a newsworthy development.
However, Patterson applauded students’ initiative to address the concerns. Sometimes OPT bus drivers are under-appreciated for the safe transportation they provide between downtown and campus, he said.
“It is so much better for these kids to be on buses than in cars,” Patterson said. “If we have to put up with a little vomit to make kids safe, I’m happy with that.”