November 03, 2016

Free Night Safety Transit app now available to students

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale has just made it even easier for students to get free, safe night-time rides around campus or to and from off-campus residences.

The university’s Night Safety Transit is now accessible through a free mobile app, TransLoc Rider. The app, available through the iOS App Store and Google Play, allows students to use their smartphone to obtain real-time information and updates and to book rides.

“Using the app makes it even quicker and easier for students to use the Night Safety Transit services and get safe rides,” Jeff McGoy, assistant dean of students, said.

SIU students can make ride requests, track the two seven-passenger vans used by the transit program in order to more accurately predict arrival times, save favorite stops and routes and set customized alerts. The smart search feature allows riders to locate specific routes and stops. Officials say the app features an intuitive design and interface. In addition, students who don’t have a smartphone can now receive real-time arrival predictions via text messages.

Students can also call 618/453-2212, as always, to take advantage of SIU Night Safety Transit. The service was established as a courtesy to students in 1980 and provides safe transportation to current students between locations on campus as well as between places on campus and Carbondale residential (non-business) locations.

Hours of operation are 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday when classes are in session. Rides must be booked 15 minutes before the service closes for the day. Funded by student fees, the Night Safety Transit is operated through the Dean of Students office.

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