Kaitlyn Quinn – 1851 Staff
The Office of Student Activities and the Office of Public Safety are collaborating to offer two free shuttle services on Saturdays to the Natick Mall. Students must sign up at the Office of Student Activities in advance.
This is the first consistent option students have to get to the Natick Mall. When it comes to holidays and birthdays, students need to go shopping; what better way to fill this need than a free shuttle on campus? This makes it easier for students to spend a day shopping. No more trying to find rides from friends with cars and begging them to bring you to the mall. Now students can plan their Saturday trips ahead of time and look forward to a hassle-free mall experience.
The Natick Mall is close to campus but was never accessible through the shuttle or train makeing it challenging to get to the mall. Before I could have a car on campus, I remember feeling limited to the upscale Boston malls I would have to ride the T to access. Then, if I had a successful day at the mall (or unsuccessful for my wallet), I’d have to walk the long march and drag all my bags across campus from the Riverside or Woodland stops back to my room.
Because there isn’t public transportation service to this mall, the shuttle will benefit students without cars. This will add another activity for students on the weekends. There are many events planned around campus to entertain students, whether it’s a sports game, bingo night, or a musical production. But sometimes there’s nothing better than wandering around the mall to kill some time.
The shuttle only goes to Natick on Saturdays. The first of two shuttles leave at 10:30 a.m. and return to campus at 1:30 p.m. Another longer round leaves at 1:00 p.m. and returns at 5:00 p.m. The shuttle leaves from and returns to the Edwards Student Center Shuttle Stop.