March 24, 2008
NOTE: This is a corrected version of a release posted earlier today. It reflects the fact that Nite Ride will now operate from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week, rather than from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Grant helps UI Police offer seven-day-a-week Nite Ride van service
Beginning March 30 women can get a free ride in the University of Iowa's Nite Ride van on weeknights as well as weekends. The service will be available from most campus buildings to their place of residence between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays with just a phone call, thanks to a grant secured with help from the UI Student Government.
The new "academic route" is an expansion of the UI Department of Public Safety's popular Nite Ride service currently provided Friday and Saturday evenings. Also starting this week, the weekend service will operate from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays (an hour earlier on both days than the previous 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. schedule). The phone number is the same: 384-1111. The number connects callers directly with the van driver, who will give his or her current location and an estimated pickup time.
For the academic route Nite Ride will pick up passengers at any UI parking lot, ramp or building (except for residence halls and University Housing) and drop off at any UI parking lot, ramp or building including residence halls, University Housing and apartments within the specified boundaries.
For both the academic and weekend services the Nite Ride van operates within an area bounded by Summit Street to the east, University Housing (Hawkeye Campus) to the west, Highway 6 and Melrose Avenue to the south and Highway 6/Park Road/Foster Road to the north. A map of the route may be viewed at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2008/january/images/012308nite-ride-map.pdf.
The academic service Sunday through Thursday is alcohol-free and anyone suspected of drinking will be prohibited from riding in the van. For the Friday/Saturday night service, passengers who have consumed alcohol are allowed on the van but anyone incapable of standing or walking on their own or who are vomiting or disorderly will not be given a ride.
The dark blue Nite Ride van is identifiable by three vinyl decals, one each on the left and right passenger-side windows, and one on the rear window. The decals bear the UI Department of Public Safety shield, the words "NITE RIDE," a red chevron and the phone number. The van is operated by a full-time Department of Public Safety guard and, when staffing is available, one student guard.
When not en route to pick up or drop off passengers, the van will be parked in the Hardin Library parking lot.
Charles Green, associate vice president and director of the UI Department of Public Safety, said the addition of the academic route was made possible because of a $12,400 grant secured with the help of the UISG. The funding will allow the route to continue through the rest of the spring 2008 semester, after which it will be reassessed.
"I would like to convey how committed to and how proud I am of Nite Ride," Green said. "I believe it is one of the most important services we have ever provided. I would also like to thank Student Government President Barrett Anderson and Vice President Carole Peterson for their enthusiasm, leadership and support."
More information about Nite Ride is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~pubsfty/nite.htm.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500