February 2, 2012
Texas Tech’s Student Government Association will incorporate a bus into the SafeRide system to encourage more students to use the service.
The S-Bus will run from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The bus is open to any student at Texas Tech with a valid student ID and is free of charge.
“This is the first major expansion in our SafeRide service in a decade, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Tyler Patton, SGA president, and senior public relations major from Graham. “We believe Tech finally has a sustainable model to keep more students safe on the weekends and greatly reduce wait times for those who may not be near a bus route and still need to call a cab.”
The program will facilitate all of the apartment complexes within the Overton area adjacent to Texas Tech, including University Fountains, University Trails, University Pointe, The Centre, The Suites and the Cottages. The bus route also will make stops at Broadway and the intersection of 18th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue in the depot district. The approximate route time will be 24 minutes.
“It is our hope that in the future, if this program is successful and can be implemented across all off-campus bus routes, we can begin the process of expanding our community partnerships in the investment of SafeRide,” said Michael Uryasz, SGA external vice president, and senior political science major from Lubbock.
If successful, the program will be expanded to include every apartment complex that utilizes the bus service during regular hours of operation. The bus will run when school is in session, including the summer months.