BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University now has its own touring bus. The flashy Columbia blue and gold, 30-passenger vehicle has been getting a lot of attention since it arrived on campus Monday.
The Office of Student Affairs purchased the bus for $45,000 – it cost $264,000 new --from the Louisiana Property Assistance Agency. The touring bus is believed to be the first of its kind in the university's history.
"It will pay for itself within one year and begin saving us tens of thousands of dollars year in the long-term," said Brandon Dumas, vice-chancellor for Student Affairs. Those savings, he added, "will be used to fund scholarships, renovations, and other strategic initiatives with the Division of Student Affairs which directly and substantially benefit the students."
Glaval Synergy rebuilt the vehicle from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. Among the changes include, new seating, televisions, and Wi-Fi access along with a new restroom facility.
"This is essentially a new bus," Dumas said.
The bus, he said, will address student transportation needs and will also be utilized by some of the smaller athletic teams.
"We are looking into purchasing on additional bus as well," Dumas said.
The bus is part of several improvements being made on campus, including the outdoor intramural basketball courts, the fountains in Lake Kernan, and upgrades to the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union.