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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 8:27 pm

Last Friday, Aug. 23, Northwest unveiled its new Safe Ride Shuttle, the latest addition to the program. As students stepped on the bus, they were greeted by a Safe Ride Ambassador and were invited to ride 13-seat shuttle bus anywhere...from 16th Street to Wal-Mart.

Student Regent Ashton Raffety was one of the inaugural members of the Safe Ride Shuttle bus ride.

“I was at a conference in St. Joseph with all the other student board members in the state,” Raffety said. “A lot of them were talking about how they had shuttle programs that brought students around, and I thought that was a great idea.”

He brought that idea to Clarence Green, University Police chief, in the fall of 2012. The Shuttle was made possible by a contribution of $10,000 from the Northwest Student Senate, as well as a grant award from the Gladys Rickard Charitable Trust for $20,800.

The Safe Ride Home program’s shuttle bus system will give more students the opportunity to have safe transportation around campus and around the Maryville area while accommodating the high volume of ride requests that Safe Ride receives every weekend. Last year alone, Safe Ride vans completed 8,000 student transports, and on average, each van traveled more than 100 miles per night.

“A challenge last year was having long wait times with the minivans,” said Monica McCullough, project and communication coordinator for University Police. “Two of them on average only hold six people, and the handicap minivan only holds three. By having this shuttle as a part of the program, where we can hold about 13 at a time, it really allows us more efficient practices with what we do.”

Safe Ride drivers are on the streets of Maryville every Wednesday through Saturday night. The Safe Ride Shuttle will operate on Friday nights while school is in session, transporting students between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m.

To ride the Shuttle Bus, students will need to present their Bearcat card when entering the shuttle. Guests will be allowed to accompany students on the 13-seat shuttle. Groceries will be allowed onto the bus, but alcoholic beverages will not.

Since its inception in the spring of 2004, Safe Ride has helped reduce the number of DWI instances in the community by 66 percent.

The Safe Ride Shuttle will traffic students to destinations all across Maryville. The scheduled stop locations include: Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, the Mary Mart Shopping Center, Fourth and Market, Fourth and Buchanan, as well as designated spots on campus such as Parking lot 29 (next to Horizon’s West Apartments) and The Station. The Shuttle stop locations were chosen by popularity of ride requests at each location.

“We are hoping that if it takes off and is successful, that next year we may be able to offer some more services,” McCollough said.

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  • morrison posted at 6:36 am on Fri, Mar 6, 2015.

    morrison Posts: 56

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  • matt posted at 7:01 am on Wed, Feb 25, 2015.

    matt Posts: 54

    Introduction of a safe ride shuttle could indeed be great for the city. However, one should always stay careful while driving on the road, but still if your car gets damaged in some way then you should hire a collision repairing company like

  • morrison posted at 4:20 am on Mon, Feb 23, 2015.

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  • matt posted at 4:02 am on Sat, Feb 21, 2015.

    matt Posts: 54

    Now this safe ride shuttle service would help people be aware of the road safety issue. But sometimes despite taking precautions it becomes impossible to avoid collisions. If your car has become damaged in any such incident then you should get it repaired soon, if you need to replace the auto glass then you should approach a company that offers auto glass replacement in San Francisco CA.

  • morrison posted at 6:26 am on Fri, Feb 20, 2015.

    morrison Posts: 56

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  • cynthia posted at 2:57 am on Thu, Feb 19, 2015.

    cynthia Posts: 55

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  • morrison posted at 3:46 am on Wed, Feb 18, 2015.

    morrison Posts: 56

    If more such safe rides are launched then it would be easier to avoid violent accidents on the road. However, keeping the vehicles well maintained could help you avoid any kind of emergency situation on the road. Not just that but you should also change the old parts to make your car safer. You can find wide range of parts at places like

  • matt posted at 5:57 am on Tue, Feb 17, 2015.

    matt Posts: 54

    The idea of launching safe rides is good and it would certainly help them create awareness about road safety. But to ensure better safety they should install proper safety features along with HID conversion kits.

  • cynthia posted at 5:07 am on Tue, Feb 17, 2015.

    cynthia Posts: 55

    There should be more safe ride options available on the street not just for students but also for others. However, to make your car safe you should install proper safety features. If you do not want to hire any professional service provider for the job then you can do the work yourself in your garage, but do use garage oil pan mats to keep the place clean.

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    morrison Posts: 56

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    matt Posts: 54

    This program would definitely create awareness among people about the need of following road safety rules. However, if you do not want to opt for a car rental service for your transportation needs then you should consider buying an used car which would not cost much. But make sure that you buy the car from a reputed place like

  • daria spencer posted at 4:51 pm on Sun, Sep 21, 2014.

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    On such frequent usage, one can only imagine the buses are the first clients to ask for Holzhauser Auto services these days. How these buses manage to cope all repairs, costs of repairs and still be able to offer quality service so that commuters don`t acknowledge the lack of buses, it is something only they can tell. But this is amazing, anyway.

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  • marvinvinn posted at 7:15 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    marvinvinn Posts: 20

    I don't use so often the bus because I own a car, but sometimes when the car is broken or it doesn't have gas in the reservoir I resort to the school services. Right now my car is damaged and I've ordered a few auto parts from UPAP. I have to fix it, but until then I am going to use the bus once again.

  • negruvoda posted at 6:08 am on Mon, Jan 13, 2014.

    negruvoda Posts: 32

    The Safe Ride Home program’s shuttle bus system is a great solution for those students who don't own a car. I used to take the bus, but my father bought me a car from and now I drive it around campus and around the Maryville area.