The Elon University BioBus is a transportation system used primarily by Elon students, faculty and staff for moving within and around the towns of Elon and Burlington. With free service and a readily available schedule, they have been largely successful since their implementation.
Details and Information
- In January 2007, Elon University began the operation of its biobus. This endeavor was made possible by a $1 million grant, which the US North Carolina State Representative, Howard Coble, helped to secure.
- The fuel is 80% ultra low sulfur diesel and 20% biofuel
- The buses are refueled on campus, at the University's refueling station.
- Free and easy transportation for Elon students, faculty and staff.
- High cost of maintenance and original supply.
- Available almost every day (See "Routes" chart below).
- Delays in scheduling may affect transporters.
- Scheduled, with tracking available through NextBus initiative.
- The timing of the buses are set, often making it hard to reach one's destination even with foresight and planning, simply due to scheduling problems and lack of flexibility.
- No identification required to ride. This includes Phoenix Cards.
|Name of Route||Time Available|
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
|Outer Loop A & B||Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|West||Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|Downtown Loop||Monday-Friday: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.|
Wednesday-Thursday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 a.m.
- This bus runs approximately every 10 minutes
- It goes from the McMichael parking lot through Colonnades and into the Danieley complex before returning
- Useful for Danieley or Qdoba transportation
Outer Loop A&B
- Each line of this bus runs approximately every 20 minutes, meaning every ten minutes one of the lines is starting over
- It goes from the McMichael parking lot through Oak Hill, University Pointe, Phoenix Arms and Park Place before returning
- Useful for Oaks Apartment transportation
- This bus runs every 40 minutes
- It goes from Moseley Center to Lowe's Foods, then Alamance Crossing before returning
- Useful for grocery shopping (Target, Lowe's Foods), electronic equipment (Best Buy, Gamestop), food (mexican, chinese, italian, ice cream) and entertainment (Carousel Movie Theater)
- This bus runs approximately every 20 minutes
- It goes from Moseley Center to Arts West, Trollinger and West End apartments, before returning
- Useful for transportation to and from various apartment complexes
- This bus runs every hour
- It goes through the city of Burlington before returning
- Useful for volunteering or shopping
BioBus Stop Signs
- Each stop throughout the Elon and Burlington areas at which the bus stops is represented through a sign notice
- Each sign contains a NextBus reference number for checking and scheduling
- Buses only stop at designated stop signs
- The bus schedule is available online, through an application for most smartphones, or through calling 336-261-0252 and inputing the 3-digit code from the respective sign.
- There are known issues with this service, but for the most part it is efficient