Hertz on Demand is no longer available to Trinity students, as of Tuesday March 17. The program allowed for students without cars of their own to rent vehicles to use. As Hertz has left campus, new transportation programs are coming, with a B-cycle station soon to be installed.

According to David Tuttle, dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, the Hertz rental program has ended due to term changes. To junior Sean McCutchen, president of Student Government Association, the program was likely not profitable or effective for either party.

“It wasn’t profitable for them and it wasn’t necessarily working for us,” McCutchen said. “No one was really using it.”

Adam Mueller, junior and vice president for SGA, echoed these sentiments.

“I think it is good in theory, just not in the implementation of it for our university,” Mueller said.

To junior Cole Evans, psychology and neuroscience double-major, the Hertz program had grea potential, although has hardly been used.

“When I first heard about the program, I have to admit I really thought it would be a great way for students without cars to save money on transportation,” Evans said. “But in the entire time I’ve been here at Trinity, I’ve never heard anyone say they’ve used it.”

With Hertz leaving campus, students can expect a new alternative in B-cycle, a program throughout San Antonio where individuals can rent bicycles from various stations. B-cycle has over 55 stations throughout the city, and users can pick up a bike for a period of time, and are able to return it to one of the numerous stations.

 

The program was started last year, and while originally set to arrive this past January, has been delayed until May. According the B-cycle, and complexities with their Texas Department of Transportation grant, the station will be delayed, with the next install window coming in May, unless a current station can be moved temporarily.

“In terms of timelines it should come in around May,” McCutchen said. “We missed a certain deadline to get the parts shipped in. It’s paid for and everything, just the implementation of it has to come.”

SGA, who funded the station, has finaThe program was started last year, and while originally set to arrive this past January, has been delayed until May. According the B-cycle, and complexities with their Texas Department of Transportation grant, the station will be delayed, with the next install window coming in May, unless a current station can be moved temporarily.

“In terms of timelines it should come in around May,” McCutchen said. “We missed a certain deadline to get the parts shipped in. It’s paid for and everything, just the implementation of it has to come.”

SGA, who funded the station, has finalized and paid for the new B-cycles, with vice president Mueller enthusiastic about the project.

“I think it is positive,” Mueller said. “Our campus isn’t that big but I think you see more and more that students have bikes.”

Other students are excited for the implementation of the station as well.

“I feel confident that it might benefit many students looking for a convenient and cheap way to get off campus and explore the vibrant city of San Antonio,” Evans said.

However, with the project being created under former leadership, Mueller and McCutchen are less positive about the funding but will be looking to see how the program is implemented and used.

“It is quite an expense, around [$20,000], but it is something we have planned for a while now,” Mueller said.

Similarly, McCutchen will be looking forward to see how the station is implemented and if it will attract enough student usage to warrant the cost of installation.

“It will be interesting to see if it does justify the cost,” McCutchen said.

While SGA is looking towards the future with B-cycle, they are also focused on new ideas revolving around residency requirements. The new leadership has spoken with the Presidential Advisory Committee on the issue and is looking to gather student opinions.

“The board was interested and wanted information, so coming out, the timeline still in the works. We will have a survey about Trinity life in general, broad, not about the residency requirements necessarily,” McCuthcen said.

McCutchen also noted the incentives behind participating in the survey.

“Right now the plan is if you complete the survey you’ll enter a raffle to win an iPad,” McCutchen said. “We really want to get some significant responses.”

The survey, while still in the works, will likely, according to McCutchen, be out within the next two months.

“The goal would be to have that data before the next board meeting, which is in May, so we could present it to them and make recommendations accordingly,” McCutchen said.

The program was started last year, and while originally set to arrive this past January, has been delayed until May. According the B-cycle, and complexities with their Texas Department of Transportation grant, the station will be delayed, with the next install window coming in May, unless a current station can be moved temporarily.

“In terms of timelines it should come in around May,” McCutchen said. “We missed a certain deadline to get the parts shipped in. It’s paid for and everything, just the implementation of it has to come.”

SGA, who funded the station, has finalized and paid for the new B-cycles, with vice president Mueller enthusiastic about the project.

“I think it is positive,” Mueller said. “Our campus isn’t that big but I think you see more and more that students have bikes.”

Other students are excited for the implementation of the station as well.

“I feel confident that it might benefit many students looking for a convenient and cheap way to get off campus and explore the vibrant city of San Antonio,” Evans said.

However, with the project being created under former leadership, Mueller and McCutchen are less positive about the funding but will be looking to see how the program is implemented and used.

“It is quite an expense, around [$20,000], but it is something we have planned for a while now,” Mueller said.

Similarly, McCutchen will be looking forward to see how the station is implemented and if it will attract enough student usage to warrant the cost of installation.

“It will be interesting to see if it does justify the cost,” McCutchen said.

While SGA is looking towards the future with B-cycle, they are also focused on new ideas revolving around residency requirements. The new leadership has spoken with the Presidential Advisory Committee on the issue and is looking to gather student opinions.

“The board was interested and wanted information, so coming out, the timeline still in the works. We will have a survey about Trinity life in general, broad, not about the residency requirements necessarily,” McCuthcen said.

McCutchen also noted the incentives behind participating in the survey.

“Right now the plan is if you complete the survey you’ll enter a raffle to win an iPad,” McCutchen said. “We really want to get some significant responses.”

The survey, while still in the works, will likely, according to McCutchen, be out within the next two months.

“The goal would be to have that data before the next board meeting, which is in May, so we could present it to them and make recommendations accordingly,” McCutchen said.

lized and paid for the new B-cycles, with vice president Mueller enthusiastic about the project.

“I think it is positive,” Mueller said. “Our campus isn’t that big but I think you see more and more that students have bikes.”

Other students are excited for the implementation of the station as well.

“I feel confident that it might benefit many students looking for a convenient and cheap way to get off campus and explore the vibrant city of San Antonio,” Evans said.

However, with the project being created under former leadership, Mueller and McCutchen are less positive about the funding but will be looking to see how the program is implemented and used.

“It is quite an expense, around [$20,000], but it is something we have planned for a while now,” Mueller said.

Similarly, McCutchen will be looking forward to see how the station is implemented and if it will attract enough student usage to warrant the cost of installation.

“It will be interesting to see if it does justify the cost,” McCutchen said.

While SGA is looking towards the future with B-cycle, they are also focused on new ideas revolving around residency requirements. The new leadership has spoken with the Presidential Advisory Committee on the issue and is looking to gather student opinions.

“The board was interested and wanted information, so coming out, the timeline still in the works. We will have a survey about Trinity life in general, broad, not about the residency requirements necessarily,” McCutchen said.

McCutchen also noted the incentives behind participating in the survey.

“Right now the plan is if you complete the survey you’ll enter a raffle to win an iPad,” McCutchen said. “We really want to get some significant responses.”

The survey, while still in the works, will likely, according to McCutchen, be out within the next two months.

“The goal would be to have that data before the next board meeting, which is in May, so we could present it to them and make recommendations accordingly,” McCutchen said.