Froggie Five-0 to get new carts


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By Mel Morris

A Froggie Five-0 driver at the intersection on University Drive. Photo by TCU 360 staff.

Froggie Five-0 will add two new carts to its line up next month after complaints from drivers about the carts’ condition, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Safety Adrian Andrews said.

“The older carts had gotten to the point that they were always being repaired,” Andrews said. “We wanted to make sure that our young people have the best transportation that they need.”

The new carts will look exactly the same but will ride smoother, Andrews said.

The Froggie carts are in poor condition because drivers drive off curbs and crack the axles and do not take care of maintenance, Andrews said.

All Froggie Five-0 drivers escort students in golf carts.

Andrews said that new carts are purchased every four to five years due to this typical wear and tear.

“Some of them break down so much that they’re in the shop more than they’re being used, so it’s about time,” said Kenny Houston, the head supervisor of Froggie Five-0.

The current Froggie Five-0 drivers receive specific training about maintenance and safety rules at the beginning of each year, which is a new policy. This will eliminate unnecessary servicing of the vehicles and give the carts a longer shelf life.

Two of the nine previous carts will be retired before the new ones are added, Andrews said.

“We will probably have the new ones for about four to five years and we will try to maintain them and keep them in great shape before we turn those in,” Andrews said.

Houston said he was delighted about the addition of new carts.

“The riders will probably enjoy the new ones more because they will be quieter and probably not as bumpy as the old ones,” Houston said.

Phil Olson, an accounting graduate student, complained that the current carts “are very loud and annoying.”

Andrews said the older Froggie carts had a slower acceleration rate due to their long-time use. The addition of new carts will allow for faster response times and be more pleasant for all parties involved.

Blythe Bonan, a senior communication major, said the carts were inefficient and bumpy. The cart she was on was so rough that she was bumped off.

“I did fall off of a cart one time, and they are pretty slow,” Bonan said.

Andrews also said that an influx in the number of students has led to more escort requests and the need for new carts.

The new carts will be delivered within the next couple of months.