As temperatures decline and snow begins to fall, more Rams need rides, leading to an increase in calls to ASCSUâ€™s sober drive program. But whether they are able to answer these calls, said RamRideâ€™s deputy director of nightly operations Kirk Easton, is contingent on the weather.
â€œWe keep an eye on it,â€ Easton said, adding that they regularly radio vehicles after each drop to monitor weather conditions.
If a single RamRide vehicle spins out, or if there is a white out, all 19 vehicles will be called back, Easton added.
â€œOur drivers are volunteers,â€ he said. â€œAnd we canâ€™t risk putting their lives in danger.â€
And, while RamRideâ€™s operations are contingent on road safety, there is one transportation service on campus that will run no matter what â€” the CSUPD Safe Walk program.
Lt. Chris Wolf, a 20-year veteran of CSUPD, remembers when he oversaw Safe Walk during its inception in 1993.
â€œIn the past 20 years weâ€™ve only shut down Safe Walk services two or three times,â€ Wolf said.
However, unlike RamRide, if Safe Walk goes down, police officers will take up the task and help transport students through the hazardous conditions.
â€œWe will do our best to accommodate the students,â€ Wolf stated â€œWhether that be with the CSOâ€™s (campus service officer) or our police officers.â€
This year, Safe Walk will be using a Jeep solely to help transport students in the evening.
According to Easton, RamRideâ€™s vehicles have nearly doubled in the past couple years, so students needing transportation this winter season wonâ€™t need to wait more than an hour, granted the roads arenâ€™t â€œtoo icy.â€
Collegian writer Erik Carman can be reached at news@collegian.
Safe Walk/RamRide services
- RamRide now has 19 vehicles, nearly double what they had three years ago.
- Students can use RamRide from 10 p.m. â€“ 2 a.m during the week, and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
- If RamRide shuts down due to weather conditions, students may call Safe Walk if they need transportation near campus.
- Police officers can help transport students if weather becomes too harsh for CSOâ€™s to drive in.
- Safe Walk has stopped its services only a couple times in the past 20 years, in which case police officers were called.
- RamRide monitors changing weather conditions and plans their services accordingly.