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Thurs Night SGA Safe Ride Service Suspended

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

February 8, 2017                                                                                        

THURSDAY NIGHT SGA SAFE RIDE SERVICE SUSPENDED DUE TO LOW RIDERSHIP

BOWLING GREEN, KY -- Effective immediately, Thursday night SGA Safe Ride transit route service is suspended due to extremely low ridership.  Friday and Saturday service will continue until a suitable alternative is implemented.

The purpose of the late night service is to reduce driving under the influence by providing a safe ride home.  During the Fall 2016 semester, Parking and Transportation Services saw a significant decline in ridership on the SGA Safe Ride route.  Fall semester ridership has declined by 83% since it was introduced as a fixed route service in Fall 2012. 

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

SGA SAFE RIDE RIDERSHIP

8,628

  6,117

 5,833

     5,075

     1,434

 

When Steve Rowland, Transit Manager for Parking and Transportation Services, brought this decline to the attention of PTS director Jennifer Tougas, she immediately contacted both SGA and Student Affairs.  “What we’re seeing is that students aren’t using this service any longer, so we need to make adjustments and we need to involve the students in that decision” she said.

PTS worked with SGA to see where the ridership was declining and found that Thursday night had the lowest ridership numbers.  During Fall 2016, ridership averaged 5 passengers per hour.  In the Spring 2017 semester, the SGA Safe Ride service is averaging 1 passenger per hour on Thursday nights, and 7 passengers per hour on Friday and Saturday nights combined. Steve Rowland, Transit Manager for Parking and Transportation Services, explains, “seven passengers per hour is not bad for a late night service, but 1 passenger per hour is not cost effective.”

Jay Todd Richey, President of the WKU Student Government Association, says, “the WKU Student Government Association remains committed to ending driving under the influence through our partnership with Parking & Transportation Services. In the coming weeks, we will be looking into more convenient and financially-sustainable services to accomplish our task. We will not discontinue the program until we have a replacement.”  Since the Thursday night service is not being used by the students, suspending the Thursday night service will save SGA $2,500 which can be used for other priorities. 

For information, contact Dr. Jennifer Tougas at (270) 745-2361.

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