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UVM says 'No' to Megabus, drug dealers

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The Megabus is no longer welcome on the University of Vermont's campus. The decision comes after a passenger was busted with thirty grams of cocaine on the Megabus.

"It reached a point where we said we can't keep doing this. This is not what a university does, and so Megabus can figure out it's own path going forward," said UVM's Tom Gustafson.

This is not the first time someone smuggled drugs on a Megabus coming to the Davis Center at UVM.  Gustafson says this is at least the fifth time in the past eight months that the bus service has been linked to drug activity. UVM officials are worried what this could lead to and that's why they took action. "It doesn't take a genius to realize that when you've got hard drugs moving around a community the potential for violence is always there," Gustafson said.

A spokesperson for Megabus released a statement about the relocation of the stop in Burlington, saying "We look forward to providing a new permanent arrival/departure location solution to our customers very soon."

Megabus isn't commenting on the drug charges. Meanwhile some riders say they aren't happy with the change. "Well it could happen to any bus. I'd rather take Megabus than Greyhound -- it's a straight shot, it's cheap. We need a system to run like this for everybody's benefit in the community," said Tiffany Prevost of Essex.

University officials say for them, safety outweighs the cost of convenience.   

The Megabus is relocating temporarily to the Doubletree Hotel while Megabus looks for a permanent spot.

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