Since the overhaul of student governmentâ€™s safe ride dispatch system, wait times have decreased and nightly ridership has gone up by an average of 11 a night.
Last semester, students looking to use RamRide would wait an average of 101 minutes but the average for the spring is 30 minutes less, said the programâ€™s director Eric Berlinberg.
When Berlinberg took the helm in September, he promised new technology for the program, to improve the nightly efficiency and to construct a long-term game plan.
Each of these goals has been accomplished, he said, explaining that his department is fully staffed, has seen a decrease in cancellations and is in good standing with the university considering the risk of the program.
Part of reaching those goals included an $8,000 system upgrade, which replaced the original technology purchased when RamRide was created in 2003 and was funded by a surplus in money after officials from the Associated Students of CSU worked a money-saving deal with CSU Motor Pool last fall.
But two students said they havenâ€™t seen much of a difference since last semester.
Carly Chapple, a sophomore restaurant and resort management major, said that while it might be better than last semester, when she called on a Friday at 11 p.m. for a ride she waited two hours before being picked up.
Around 1:30 a.m. when the Fort Collins bars are closing, senior natural resources and tourism major Kevin Main said RamRide is at itâ€™s busiest and the wait times are similar to last semester.
Berlinberg is in talks with student affairs groups and stakeholders to see â€œwhere RamRide fitsâ€ at CSU because the program is getting so large.
â€œBack when it was founded, the intent was never for RamRide to stay within ASCSU,â€ he said.
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