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Page 24 EWU Supplement September 23, 1982 Van pool service planned Eastern students--and those in the area who com- mute to Spokane for work- will have a new mode of transportation available to them this fall. In cooperation with a car pool and a van pool program that will be coordinated county-wide through the Spo- kane Transportation Author- ity, a privately-owned van soon will begin regular ser- vice between Spokane and Cheney. Owner of the 15-passenger van is Sam Coy, preacher for the Cheney Church of Christ, 706 Second Street. Coy was encouraged to purchase the van by Spokane County Traf- fic Engineer Rudy Kantu, who notes that arrangements can be worked out so that the van owner can recoup the purchase cost of his vehicle, as well as insurance and maintenance costs, all through the fares paid by the riders. Fares, estimated to run between $30 and $35 per month per person, may be somewhat higher than those for the regular transit sys- tem, but the vans offer sev- eral other advantages. First, the vans promise faster and more-direct service. Second- ly, they are attractive to Bus schedule in this week's Cheney Free Press those who wish to make new social contacts. Unlike the bus sytem, van and car pools are more personal in service. "It's a good opportunity to meet people," said Coy. It is not anticipated that the new van or car pools will threaten the existing bus ser- vice, but that it may attract those who particularly do not care to commute on buses. For those seriously inter- ested in the advantages of ridesharing, a private organi- zation exists. Friends in Transit was begun in June and is headed by Mark Jaf- fray, president. In return for promoting the concept of ridesharing, FIT helps ride- sharers by arranging for "preferential" treatment and prices with supporting bus- inesses and merchants. Over 1,000 persons in the county now carry "Vanpool" or "Carpool" cards, which, when shown to participating retail outlets, entitle people to cash discounts on their pur- chases. FIT's two-year pro- jected membership is for 5,000 persons. Merchants in Cheney, as well as Spokane, are being approached to cooperate with the program. For more details on any of the above programs, call Kantu in Spokane at 456-3600 or 456-2342. Van pool Sam Coy of Cheney sta He will begin a new van students and commuters and Cheney. For details, i 456.2342. Frequently Called Activities Hotline ....... 359-7164 Associated Students ..... 359-2514 Bookstore ............... 359-2542 Bus Schedule Hotline .... 359-7163 Campus Hair Styling .... 359-7840 Campus Safety .......... 359-7911 PUB Information Desk.. 359-7189 PUB Office ............. 359-7921 Racquetball C Eagle Shop .... Easterner ..... Financial Aid, Focus ........ Housing .... " 1 Information Library .... d