We All Need a "Safe Ride"
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
After a demanding week of classes, co-curricular activities, and many hours of studying, the weekends tend to be a time for relaxation and leisure at Holy Cross. When not on campus, most students spend their time off campus around the Worcester and Boston areas, and as a result, many still have difficulty finding a safe and affordable ride back to Mount St. James.
For evenings that require late night pickups, the Student Government Association (SGA) is working on a “Safe Ride” program. It is designed to help facilitate late-night pickups (designated as after 10 p.m.) for students that are off campus. This concept promotes safe alternatives to dangerous situations that may include drunk driving or walking through unfamiliar areas of Worcester.
Dedication and persistence are the main components in having this proposal succeed. SGA Co-Presidents Neema Hakim, ‘14 and Natasha Giftos, ’14 have entrusted the project to Annie Wynters, ’14, Director of Community Relations. Wynters’ background knowledge consists of a summer internship with the SGA where she conducted research on how colleges structure their late night transportation services, primarily between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Although progress has been made in developing the program and a general layout has been suggested, the project is currently on a hiatus. The SGA is anticipating a start date hopefully within the next year and has reassured students that they will know more details as the path becomes clearer.
Developing a program of such caliber requires multiple hands and minds all working together to promote a core concept and a solid case. Dean Peterson, Chief Hart, and Jerry Maday, Director of Transportation are just some of the key players in administration currently assisting and guiding the program.
Certain aspects of the Safe Ride program have been definitively established, including the model and form of transportation needed. Yet, the closest the program has come to being green lighted involved the Yellow Cab company. Students would receive a reduced fare for transportation during late night hours from Yellow Cab. Unfortunately, this plan was to no avail due to the fact that Yellow Cab’s insurance was lower than Holy Cross’ standards, and as a result, would become a liability.
This setback did not hinder the progress of the proposal. Neema and Natasha hope that the end result produced will consist of students having the ability to call Holy Cross, and have vans come to their location, free of charge.
In order to fully orchestrate the project to its greatest potential, an Ad Hoc Committee is assembling under the organization of Wynters and the team she will recruit in the coming weeks. This group of students will focus on continuing research collected over her summer, discover creative, fresh ideas on transportation, and ultimately, monitor the program’s success. Interested students should feel free to contact Annie Wynters by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plan is promising and truly shows the determination and work ethic of the SGA in their ability to understand the primary needs of the study body. Although the road to completion has been marred by production setbacks, the SGA, administration, and other cohorts all hope their vision will become soon become a reality. In closing words, Wynters share, “The majority of schools we researched have some form of late-night transportation, and it is time to add Holy Cross to that list.”