FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (News release) – The University of Arkansas Safe Ride program has started its third year of service for students, offering students a safe means of late-night transportation from any uncomfortable or inconvenient situation, on campus or in Fayetteville.
This year the service will be operating three new vans recently purchased with funds provided by the Associated Student Government, which funds the program through student activity fees and local donors.
Safe Ride offers two services for students from Monday through Saturday nights:
- Safe Ride On Campus, which operates Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and provides service on campus only.
- Safe Ride, which runs Wednesday through Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. and provides service from anywhere in the Fayetteville city limits — including on campus — to a student’s official residence as indicated in UA Connect.
“Safe Ride is a valuable resource, but it’s not meant to be considered as a primary transportation service,” said Adam Waddell, associate director of Razorback Transit. “When an unexpected situation develops at night and other plans and options fall through, Safe Ride is available for students to get them home safely.”
Safe Ride was started by the Associated Student Government and Razorback Parking and Transit in 2017, with ASG providing the funding while Razorback Transit provides the service. Local donors include the McBride Distribution Company, the Women’s Giving Circle and the David R. Johnson II Memorial Fund.
Last year the Safe Ride program provided rides for 7,431 passengers – more than double the number from the previous year. In total the service provided nearly 5,500 rides, covering more than 11,800 miles during the fall and spring semesters.