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SGA plans shuttle rides to airport

Program to start in November

Senior Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012 22:10

Knight Flight

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A new SGA program called Knight Flight will provide students with free shuttle rides to the Orlando International Airport, above, during Thanksgiving and winter breaks.

This holiday season, the Student Government Association is launching its newest project, Knight Flight. This service will allow UCF students to receive a free shuttle ride to and from Orlando International Airport beginning Nov. 20.

The shuttle will transport students from UCF to the Orlando airport Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 for the Thanksgiving break. The shuttle will pick students up Nov. 25.

For the end of semester break, the shuttle will transport students to the airport Dec. 10 through Dec. 12 and pick up students on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.

SGA is expecting a large number of students to utilize Knight Flight. An estimated 30 students registered within the first week.

“Knight Flight will definitely have a tremendous impact. Ever since freshman year I always heard [of] this being a need for students because so many students travel for Thanksgiving and winter break. Finding a convenient ride to the airport is very difficult whether it’s placing a burden on a friend or paying money to have a car stay at the airport during break. This service will give students an opportunity to realize student government is there for them,” SGA Vice President Rachel Brill said.

Students pay $10.79 per credit hour toward the Activity and Service Fee budget in their tuitions. Knight Flight is funded by Activity and Service Fees.

“I have a lot of friends that fly home to and from Fort Lauderdale and I usually have to pick them up, so I think this would be very convenient for students. Also, a lot of people leave campus early for break and there’s not a lot of people to get rides from,” said Daija Gibbs, a senior radio/television major.

Morgan Snyder, SGA safety and transportation specialist, said about 6 percent of students are from out of state. SGA hopes Knight Flight will alleviate transportation concerns for students.

“I think this is a great idea because it gives students the opportunity to go home and not worry about a ride to and from the airport. I would definitely use this service if I didn’t live in Tampa,” said Ashtyn Harris, a sophomore radio/television major.

An airport shuttle for students was one of SGA President Cortez Whatley and Brill’s campaign promises.

“In Florida, there isn’t a great public transportation system, but we’ve seen the need to have a solution on the UCF campus, so we’re extremely excited about Knight Flight,” Brill said.

Online registration and specific arrival and pickup times can be found at ucfsga.com.

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