Double-decker buses join ASU intercampus shuttle routes

November 30, 2015

More seats on every route, enhanced Wi-Fi, first-class amenities and a panoramic view are in store for intercampus shuttle passengers this spring semester. A new shuttle fleet that includes double-decker buses debuts Jan. 11 on the Gold and Maroon routes. Students, faculty and staff who take the shuttles to travel between the four ASU campuses will sit in newly renovated buses equipped with a USB charging port and standard electrical outlet at every seat.

The recently signed contract with Divine Transportation maintains current intercampus shuttle service levels and offers more capacity and amenities at significant cost savings. Intercampus shuttle service is funded entirely by ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) revenue. As a self-funded auxiliary department, PTS does not receive any tuition dollars, student fees or state money. Image of double-decker bus Double-decker buses join the Gold and Maroon intercampus shuttle fleet this spring. More than 21,000 passengers board the shuttles each week to travel between the four ASU campuses. Download Full Image

“Each bus will transport more students per trip, which aligns with the university’s carbon-neutrality goals,” said JC Porter, PTS assistant director for commuter services. “The savings from the new contract preserves the viability of the shuttle program to meet the demand for more capacity as ASU’s enrollment continues to grow.”

Eight of the 13 shuttles on the Maroon and Gold routes will be double-decker buses with a maximum occupancy of 101 passengers. These new buses accommodate more seated passengers than current buses on the routes offer for seated and standing passengers combined. Two doors on each bus will facilitate quicker loading and unloading for the more than 21,000 Sun Devils who ride the shuttles each week.

“I am proud of the PTS staff and student committee who participated in the bid process,” said PTS director Melinda Alonzo. “They recommended a provider that is committed to meeting ASU’s service requirements and to improving amenities that allow students to remain productive while commuting between campuses.”

Sun Devils who want a sneak peek at the double-decker shuttle are invited to tour the bus this week at the following times:

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dec. 1, Tempe campus, Orange Street
  • 2 – 3 p.m. Dec. 1, Downtown Phoenix campus, McKinley Lot
  • 8 – 9 a.m. Dec. 2, Polytechnic campus, north side of Lot 37
  • Noon – 1 p.m. Dec. 2, West campus, University Way North east of 49th Avenue

Learn more about ASU intercampus shuttles and follow @asu2asuShuttles on Twitter.

Communications specialist, ASU Parking and Transit Services


ASU, Mayo Clinic collaborate to advance medicine through joint research

2016 seed-grant recipients announced

November 30, 2015

Arizona State University, in partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona, has announced the recipients of the 2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant Program. The program funds critical joint research projects in the health field led by scientists from both ASU and Mayo Clinic. The awardees this year are making innovative strides in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart failure and infectious diseases, as well as advancing nanobody technology and health-care practices.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development said, “These grants are awarded to interdisciplinary researchers collaborating in a partnership of the utmost importance; they are making important and groundbreaking strides in the medical field which will benefit our community both locally and globally.”   Download Full Image

The intent of the seed-grant program is to give new research projects a kick-start and allow them to attract additional funding from external sources. The program has resulted in 71 successful collaborations since 2004, supporting interdisciplinary and translational joint research projects between Mayo Clinic Arizona and ASU. Teams receive $50,000 for a one-year project that must achieve clear milestones to be considered successful.

The collaborations draw from the major strengths of each organization — ASU's recognized leadership in research and its advanced programs in engineering, health-care delivery, and biotechnology, and Mayo's extensive clinical experience, medical education programs and its vertical integration of research spanning basic science, laboratory-based clinical investigation, clinical trials and population sciences.

2016 ASU-Mayo Seed Grant projects and principal investigators

Understanding the mechanisms that cause Alzheimer’s disease:
David Brafman, assistant professor, ASU School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering; Richard Caselli, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology, Consultant Department of Neurology

Improving rehabilitative medicine for heart failure patients:
Jared Dickinson, assistant professor, ASU School of Nutrition and Health Promotion's Exercise and Health Program; Farouk Mookadam, Mayo Clinic professor of medicine, Consultant Department of Cardiovascular Diseases

Developing monitoring methods to assess risk of infection using duodenoscopes:
Joshua LaBaer, director, Center for Personalized Diagnostics, ASU professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Biodesign Institute; Rahul Pannala, Mayo Clinic assistant professor, Consultant Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Improving the accuracy of breast cancer screening:
Teresa Wu, professor of industrial engineering, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems; Bhavika K. Patel, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of radiology, Division of Breast Imaging, Department of Radiology

Understanding synaptic dysfunction’s role in Parkinson’s disease:
Lih-Fen Lue, research professor, ASU Biodesign NDRC; John Caviness, Mayo Clinic professor of neurology, Consultant Department of Neurology

Developing a diamond junction device to improve monitoring of cancer therapy:
Robert Nemanich, professor, ASU Department of Physics; Martin Bues, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of radiation oncology, SAC – Radiation Oncology

Generating selective nanobodies that effect human A2A adenosine receptor (A2AAR) structure and function:
Wei Liu, assistant professor, ASU chemistry and biochemistry; James R. Thompson, Mayo Clinic assistant professor of biophysics, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering

Transform US health-care delivery using behavioral economics:
Ellen Green, assistant professor, ASU College of Health Solutions; David Etzioni, Mayo Clinic associate professor of surgery, Department of Colon Rectal Surgery

Learn more about past seed grant recipients.

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