Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 23, 2007
Jim Eschen of St. Louis, MO, has spent hours in Missouri Interstate rush hour traffic on both weekends and week nights to get to and from Columbia, MO, a college town where his two daughters and youngest son spent their undergraduate years at Mizzou, the University of Missouri-Columbia. These frequent weekend trips halfway across the state to ensure his children had a safe, reliable ride home to St. Louis got Eschen thinking about a way to save Mizzou parents from this time and hassle. The solution is a Missouri shuttle service that travels I-70 several times per weekend between St. Louis and Columbia, MO.
Eschen launched the Tiger Shuttle in February, 2007. It has six pick up and drop off locations in the Saint Louis area, including St. Peters and St. Charles, MO, so each student can access the shuttle close to home. The Tiger Shuttle also arrives directly at the student's door in Columbia, MO, including residence halls, Greek communities and off-campus housing. Alternative shuttle companies only provide service to an airport location. Eschen is the director of the business and primary driver.
MissouriShuttle.com was launched at the same time and is now the online presence for the Tiger Shuttle. The Web site allows passengers to reserve and pay for tickets conveniently online via a secure online payment process. Tickets can also be purchased via telephone at 1-877-528-7387.
The University of Missouri-Columbia has an enrollment of over 21,000 students, and 87 per cent are from the state of Missouri. The campus is almost exactly two hours from downtown Saint Louis. A large number of University of Missouri-Columbia students have permanent residence in St. Louis and its surrounding areas, including St. Peters and St. Charles.
Eschen has spoken with many Saint Louis-area parents whose children rely on friends, classmates and acquaintances for transportation when traveling between Columbia and Saint Louis. Relying upon a friend for a ride can be unreliable and sometimes unsafe. The bigger concern, however, is what all of those parents could be doing with all of that commute time. The average roundtrip to pick up or drop off a Mizzou student from St. Louis can cost a parent between four and five hours of their time, sometimes six hours if the trip is made during rush hour traffic or during poor weather conditions. Eschen has tailored his business to providing convenience and peace of mind to these parents.
"Our focus comes down to two things," says Eschen. "Personal service and safety. We understand what it's like to be a college student or a busy parent. Students often have too much on their plates to spend time coordinating their travel, and parents should have options available to them other than taking that time out of their own hectic schedules."
Eschen says that by providing regular weekly trips to Columbia on Fridays and Saturdays and return trips on Sundays, students can focus on the academics, sports and activities that are important to them, and parents won't need to take such a large chunk of time out of their week. During the commute, students can work on homework or simply relax.
The Tiger Shuttle targets incoming freshmen students and those living in residence halls because many do not bring vehicles with them during their first year in college. However, the Tiger Shuttle is available to students of all ages. "We provide rides to parents, relatives and friends of students as well," says Eschen. "We also cater to all of the Columbia, MO universities and colleges. If you are in Columbia and you need to get to St. Louis for a weekend, we can help." Eschen is the director of the business and primary driver.
Tiger Shuttle is owned and operated by James Eschen. The Tiger Shuttle provides passenger carrier service with operating authority from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The Tiger Shuttle is a division of Atreus Services, LLC, of St. Louis, MO and operates an online presence via http://www.missourishuttle.com