The new Seton Hall University SafeRide van, fostering a safe experience for students when they travel off campus, was showcased at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday in front of the Bishop Dougherty University Center on the South Orange campus.
The SafeRide vehicle was blessed by Father Nicholas Figurelli. Then the ribbon was cut by University President A. Gabriel Esteban, Vice President of Student Services Tracy Gottlieb and AVP for Public Safety and Security Patrick Linfante. Event participants were given stickers that read “Safer than your feet!,” with a photo of the new shuttle.
The new handicapped-accessible vehicle joins the SafeRide van, which last year served more than 15,000. Students are encouraged to utilize this free service and officials already report a 30 percent increase this semester with 4,270 requests, 852 in the last week alone.
This free service is designed to provide a safe transportation alternative for members of the SHU community who travel the streets around campus in the evening hours from 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.. It is offered through the University Department of Public Safety and Security. This is a free escort service to transport members of the University community from the main campus to locations in the immediate vicinity that are not on the SHUFLY shuttle bus route.
To ride Safe Ride, community members need an SHU ID. The SHU Safe Ride is available for transportation to and from the Public Safety building, directly behind Corrigan Hall and adjacent to the Ward Place exit. Those wishing to avail themselves of this escort service should respond to the Public Safety building and request a ride at the service window. Return transportation can be arranged by calling Public Safety at (973) 761-9300