Students at Ohio University can now call a driver for rides on campus at no charge. The program is called TapRide, and is a free service provided through the university’s transportation office.
At the beginning of fall semester, TapRide replaced SAFE-T Patrol, which paid students to walk others home at night. The new program is designed to do the same, only it will provide students with a ride around, but not off, campus.
Per the university’s official website, TapRide provides a safe means of transportation across the campus in a 15 passenger, temperature-controlled shuttle bus. The program is staffed by some 60 OU employees that work for the university’s transportation department. The TapRide drivers join existing CATS, CATCAB and other Ohio university shuttle services.
The TapRide program is available to students Monday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. According to the university, the program averages anywhere from 15 to 20 calls each night, working out to roughly 35 to 40 riders. Understandably, the number of calls increases come Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
The service typically employs two people each night; one person in the office taking calls and scheduling riders with another person driving and picking them up. To make things even easier for students, the phone number for the TapRide service is now printed on the backs of all Ohio University student IDs, in place of previous SAFE-T Patrol contact info.
To get started, students simply download the app for free, select Ohio University from the list of universities and sign in with their student ID and password. Once logged in, the student can choose pickup and drop-off locations, as well as indicate the number of people who need a ride.