EDUCATION & SCHOOLS

University Of Utah Launches Rideshare Program For Student Safety

Aug 22, 2019, 7:03 PM | Updated: Jan 4, 2023, 11:16 am

(Steve Griffin/Deseret News)...

(Steve Griffin/Deseret News)

(Steve Griffin/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A new rideshare program called “SafeRide” will allow University of Utah students, faculty and staff to request a safe mode of campus transportation at night.

School officials unveiled the new program Thursday, a week after announcing nearly a million dollars in investments towards campus safety as a result of the tragic murder of student-athlete Lauren McCluskey in October 2018.

The program operates much like other rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft, but officials said it is designed to be used by university community members who do not feel safe walking to a campus destination at night.

It was not intended to replace public transportation or other rideshare programs.

“I’m very excited for this,” said Chad Larsen, who developed the program with university’s Commuter Services department. “I think our students will feel more comfortable contacting our drivers. The nice element of this is you can stay inside and be safe until we notify you and then you can come out.”

Commuter Services executive director Alma Allred said they already handle transportation of more than 45,000 people a week with all their bus and shuttle services for students, employees and faculty.

“This does reduce risk,” Allred said. “I think it’s impossible to make sure that everybody is always safe, but you can increase the level of security and their feeling of their security.”

The service operates through an app called TapRide and is only for students and employees. Rides run from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and users must stay on campus or campus housing. Those in the Research Park area of campus can request a ride through the hospital on-demand shuttle service.

The service has two vans and six drivers.

KSL 5 TV Live

Education & Schools

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

KSL TV

Hillcrest High School theater performs “The James Plays”

An amazing feat by Hillcrest High School Friday night as the 7-time state champions present their show, "The James Plays."

1 day ago

Layton High School (KSL TV)...

Michael Houck

Layton High School student in custody after being found with a gun on school grounds

Police arrested a student after he was found with a weapon while at Layton High School Friday morning.

1 day ago

Anda Xie...

Tamara Vaifanua

Utah high school student wins business grant

A Utah high school student won a $3,000 grant to fund his new business venture.

2 days ago

The Department of Cultural and Community Engagement's STEM for Milo + Friends....

Debbie Worthen

Utah STEM program aims to help parents prepare children for success with conversation cards

When it comes to preparing your child for kindergarten, there is one score that experts now say can determine all kinds of life success, and it's not reading. It's math.

3 days ago

students look at a screen...

Sam Herrera, KSLNewsRadio and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Weber State offers new elective class all about Taylor Swift

Weber State University is offering a new course all about Taylor Swift, and students wasted no time signing up.

4 days ago

Utah schools could soon be required to have an armed guard in them if a big school safety bill pass...

Lindsay Aerts

Bill requiring armed security guards in Utah schools heads to full Senate vote

Utah schools could soon be required to have an armed guard in them if a big school safety bill passes the Utah Legislature.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

University Of Utah Launches Rideshare Program For Student Safety