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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 26, 2004 - 3

AATA city buses free to
Mcard holders after Aug.1

fayat y l ae j;> stokitg at By Mona Rafoeq
y , Daily News Editor
:::1 y Su , a recent grad- a g had be hanxd-w t. Beginning Aug. 1, University stn-
ale of the ch of Aand Dig o lm.he .ecs I dents, faculty and staff with active M-
si 0t-a f n ott at h Cards will be able to ride Ann Arbor
in . f she a i x a . ha said Transportation Authority fixed-route
wasaliegir Thi yr, withthe pri..g..h..p.e.. .tins me buses for free.
hlp ft Uivers d tu han The AATA's Mride Program is a
t A Fat, she and, cigis reallyh I five-year agreement between the
r det itaeily g- h esm xrine frm neingin AATA and the University and will
whatey'e as ed gaei , b bi ly it es replace three current arrangements
Laswe d the third dow thi'd pay for te pI f between the -o pais-the employ-
installmet of he tret ir Iwere abtye" secaidee bus pass program, the Park and
mg is bootprg rwn taid h.Inlkg Iaery Ride program and enhanced services
ned U rsty en btion or fas, on Route 36, along State Street.
pen.. and ex r..r Ar au ed Buses that are part of the AATA's
b Sr aad the a sch presli e <thtatfw f the vens can regularly scheduled fixed routes are
. s t p sare hose boast. With that tuch anentin the included in the agreement, both during
t iit i t g- student artists said it can be nere- weekdays and weekends.
sid E othera .is. i e... wr.cking deciding the size, selection But the program will not include
'The I of o is ve and price range of their art special services that the city offers sea-
he, sdentsthe expriene f mar- "I worried a lot about how much sonally such as the shuttles that run
Ike11g arI s te audience, to have of everything, and it turned from hotels to the Art Fair in the sum-
ad Sextive director out I should have had more of some, mer or football stadium on Saturdays
of t e r less of others said Schumaker of in the fall.
C Sh rcnt graduate of her hand-beaded jewelry. "If you would want a mental image
th art school and an ergIng Carolyn Logsdon, a ceramics of the bus systems in Ann Arbor for
lr: it t th id she new ar major, also said she worried about students, think of a wheel. The Univer-
ar xi0 wud b hg selection. sity buses form the hub of the wheel,
srj a en a had dcitef "The art fair helped me get an running between Central, Hill, North
I'e beeiaery hwsbf r, idea of things people want to buy," and the medical campuses" said Diane
but to com- Logsdon said. "Function is impor- Brown, spokeswoman for the Universi-
pletely difert. t art fair, More tarn. Some people want something ty's facilities and operations.
Sloki iu art, but atS ARTISTS, Page 9 She added that the city's buses act as
ITCS will increase size of
mailbox quota, IFS space
By Melissa Benton yl
DailySta"f _prt" "IThe default space of 1 GB is more than any
E-mail has become the central student is using right now, and if a student
form of communication on campus. does go over, the price is greatly reduced."
It has become so popular, in fact, - Ruth Addis
that many students, faculty and ITCS User Services Director
staff find themselves exceeding the
50 MB quota for their IMAP mail-
box, prompting a message from than any student is using right now, Gmail - provides users with 1 GB
Godzilla - the quota server. and if a student does go over, the of storage.
Information Technology Central price is greatly reduced," Addis said. "We didn't feel competition from
Services is trying to solve this problem There have been many complaints these places. Students have been
of disruption to e-mail by making from students, faculty and staff - using other services for years. It's not
changes to the Basic Computing Pack- who constantly rely on e-mail - driven by Gmail, but the fact is, peo-
age for students, faculty and staff The about the lack of e-mail space. ple expect more space," Addis said.
changes, which will be implemented in Like many students, LSA senior University alum Bill Workman
September, will provide users with a Evan Glicker has had his inbox said he thinks that providing bigger
larger e-mail mailbox. flooded in the past. He said it was e-mail mailboxes is the next techno-
"For students, these are all inconvenient to be cut off from e- logical step for the University.
enhancements to the service. We mail and hopes the new changes "They've already got up-to-date
think (the changes) are necessary will prevent this in the future. computers. This is worth doing,
because of the increased uses of Addis said faculty and staff were especially for the IFS space," Work-
technology by students," User Ser- also unhappy with the system. "In man said.
vices Director Ruth Addis said. terms of the mailboxes, they weren't Students, faculty and staff will
ITCS e-mail mailboxes will be big enough. File space was not benefit from more space because
increased from 50 MB to 200 MB and enough for faculty and staff with they will be able to make CD
IFS space will be increased from 50 research projects. They were having images on their IFS space, he
MB to 1 GB. to develop their own file systems and added.
Also, if a user requires additional mail servers," she added. This technology is important to
space, the cost will only be $1 per GB The BCP changes come at a time education, he added, particularly
per month compared to $0.25 for when other e-mail services are because it allows better communica-
every 5 MB per month. expanding as well. A new form of e- tion between students and teachers.
"'The defaultispace. f 1 GB is more mail through Google - known as See E-MAIL, Page 9

Ann Arbor residents boardthe No. 5
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus
on March 15, 2003. After Aug. 1,
Mcard holders can ride the fixed-route
buses for free.
the spokes of the figurative wheel,
because they service areas outside of
the University's campuses.
Some places that are on the AATA's
fixed bus routes include Briarwood
Mall, the Kerrytown Farmer's Market
and Wolverine Towers.
Brown said the AATA's Mride Pro-
gram will cost about $1.8 million, but
with no added cost to the University,
which will continue paying $700,000
per year to AATA.
The additional $1.1 million per year
to cover costs for the program will come
from federal funds. According to AATA
Executive Director Greg Cook, Univer-
sity officials have been gathering pas-
senger statistics and financial

information for the past couple of years.
They then submitted this data to the
National Transit Database program,
and beginning in 2003, federal funds
were made available through the Fed-
eral Transit Administration.
"This is a win-win situation, for
both the University of Michigan and
the Ann Arbor Transportation Authori-
ty," Cook said. "U of M is not paying
anything extra, and we are bringing
taxpayers' dollars back to Washtenaw
County to fund this project."
David Miller, the University's direc-
tor of parking and transportation serv-
ices, said the program would help the
entire campus community.
"We expect this benefit will help our
off-campus students travel to campus
more easily, help our on-campus resi-
dents access retail and entertainment
venues and reduce our parking demand
by staff and faculty," Miller said in a
written statement.
LSA senior Jacob Burress said he
currently uses the Park and Ride pro-
gram, which allows students who have
parked in a commuter lot to ride the
city buses to University campuses
without charge.
"I'm planning on coming here for
grad school, and I think then I'd prob-
ably use the city buses more because
I don't like the parking situation in
See BUSES. Page 9

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