Following a partnership between the University of Kentucky Student Government Association and the university’s Parking and Transportation Services, students can now leverage free late-night transportation in the form of an Uber-esque, student-staffed cab service.
According to a university release, the Kentucky Wildcab is a free, on-demand option for students in need of a safe ride home. The service operates from the hours of 10:00 pm to 3:00 am Thursday through Saturday and uses 4, 7 and 12-passenger vehicles operated by student drivers.
According to Kentucky’s Parking and Transportation Services, the service will also include integration of the Kentucky Wildcab service into Transloc Rider, an existing bus tracking app on campus, to simplify the overall experience for riders.
Students interested in using Kentucky Wildcab can download the Transloc Rider mobile app on their smartphone and request a ride within the general area of campus. Students will then receive text alerts notifying them of pick-up times. When the driver arrives, students will be asked to show a valid student ID.
Similar to Uber, students can select a pick-up location by moving a cursor on a map within the app or by manually entering an address. Student then select a drop-off location in the same fashion. Students also designate the number of passengers, and will then receive a text confirmation with an estimated pick-up time. Riders can also track a vehicle’s progress or cancel the ride request.
The service will not operate during summer and winter breaks, on the weekend of fall and spring graduation, the weekend of Thanksgiving break or the weekend before or during spring break.