A public transportation service is now available to all Fort Hays State University students and Hays residents. Tiger Transport will provide a quality transportation service with a fixed route that begins at Wiest Hall on the FHSU campus and travels to select businesses in Hays.
The service originated as a way for the increasing number of international students to be able to take care of basic needs such as buying groceries and going to the bank. Although designed to meet the needs of many students, Tiger Transport is available to all community members.
"We believe the service is an absolute necessity. Access Transportation provides quality public transportation in Hays, but the need for a route to local businesses during specific times was identified, and Tiger Transport fulfills that need," said Todd Powell, general counsel and executive assistant to FHSU President Edward H. Hammond. "It should be noted that Access provides the transportation for Tiger Transport."
FHSU's Student Affairs office and local businesses sponsored the service during last spring's pilot of Tiger Transport. The plan for this year is to have the university fund the service.
Tiger Transport operates from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Its stops include downtown Hays, The Mall, Hays Medical Center/Wellness Center and Wal-Mart. Tiger Transport begins at Wiest Hall by the Wooster mailboxes. The route is repeated every hour.
This service is free to all riders. Passengers who miss the last Tiger Transport pickup can schedule a ride with the Access Van by calling (785) 628-1052, at a cost of $1.