by Jori Barash
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — After months of students complaining to USC’s Department of Transportation, today several buses made the inaugural route from Figueroa street and Exposition to LAPD’s Rampart Station on 6th street off of the 110.
The new bus route will run a little differently than most. For one, the bus only goes one way, and while the trip is free, students have to pay at least $500 to find a way back to campus.
This is the university’s first internal partnership with LAPD. As a result, buses will have LAPD’s logo rather than the iconic USC maroon detail.
Instead of showing their student IDs upon entry at the door, riders will wear a plastic zip tie wristband. Also, the wristband must be worn across both wrists and behind the back.
Much like how officers check TAP cards on the metro with a scanner, police will randomly select a few potential passengers to check with a taser.
LAPD announced the route would not be regular or weekly like the LA Live shuttle, but rather, restart every few years when USC students joined behind a nationally relevant cause.
At press time, administration closed all bathrooms near the pickup location.