Increasing Problems With The Ride?

There seems to be an increasing number of students dissatisfied with the Ride’s service. The Facebook event “The Ride: Something Needs to Change,” in which Kara Ingraham addresses many common problems with the Ride, has been receiving a lot of attention in the past couple of days. She raised many good points on why we need to place greater emphasis on a better system:

This problem goes beyond an “I don’t want to walk” issue. It’s about our safety on this campus at night. This campus is not insulated, anyone can enter. Last Spring a car full of men began following me after I decided to walk when a Ride drove straight pass me while I waved them down. A student was just assaulted Friday night while on High Street. Women, in particular, are vulnerable when walking home alone. This is unacceptable. These incidents are sporadic but violent. What else has to happen before the school addresses the inefficiency and rudeness of the Ride at times? Even more, some of the designated stops on their loops are exposed, unprotected areas that are almost as dangerous as simply walking to your destination around campus.

Many of these issues are all too familiar, and I hope they are examined by the administration. If you would like to help make the system better or have a story to share, join the discussion on Facebook or e-mail Kara at kingraham(at)wes. She is putting together “a committee that will go to the WSA and President Roth with a list of suggestions for improvement for the Ride Campus Shuttle and the general safety issues on this campus.”

Thoughs? Comments?

16 thoughts on “Increasing Problems With The Ride?

  1. anon

    the whole point of ze is to NOT draw attention to gender when unimportant, and not single people out. if you only use it to refer to people who don’t necessarily identify with the gender binary, you’re still singling them out and reinforcing said binary.

  2. anon

    the whole point of ze is to NOT draw attention to gender when unimportant, and not single people out. if you only use it to refer to people who don’t necessarily identify with the gender binary, you’re still singling them out and reinforcing said binary.

  3. anon

    SO true. The ride is terrible. Clearly a direct result of sweeping budget cuts so that Roth can maintain his astronomical salary. He is such an asshole.

  4. anon

    SO true. The ride is terrible. Clearly a direct result of sweeping budget cuts so that Roth can maintain his astronomical salary. He is such an asshole.

  5. A Fascist

    the ride needs to come under the direct control of the state, for the good of all. I demand that the parliamentary ditherers appoint a resolute individual to make sure that the Ride not only runs on time, but runs in a manner that increases the prestige of the nation. This means that immigrants, Communists and other undesirables will have to yield their places on the Ride to make way for the racially pure and energetic youth of the nation.

  6. A Fascist

    the ride needs to come under the direct control of the state, for the good of all. I demand that the parliamentary ditherers appoint a resolute individual to make sure that the Ride not only runs on time, but runs in a manner that increases the prestige of the nation. This means that immigrants, Communists and other undesirables will have to yield their places on the Ride to make way for the racially pure and energetic youth of the nation.

  7. Mark Procter

    here’s the thing, students started complaining about the ride last year, and not just at the very end, and shit didn’t change. They provide a fucking free shuttle service.
    Yes, it’s a problem when wait times are excessive, but when, quoting the facebook group page:
    “If you have any stories concerning the Ride’s inefficiency, or a Ride Driver being rude to you, or ANYTHING including questions/concerns about the Ride in general”
    AND
    “list of suggestions for improvement for the Ride Campus Shuttle and the general safety issues on this campus.”…

    emphasizing negative events and conflating the Ride, which increases safety regardless of wait time, with “the general safety issues” is likely to yield a super-defensive posture.

  8. Mark Procter

    here’s the thing, students started complaining about the ride last year, and not just at the very end, and shit didn’t change. They provide a fucking free shuttle service.
    Yes, it’s a problem when wait times are excessive, but when, quoting the facebook group page:
    “If you have any stories concerning the Ride’s inefficiency, or a Ride Driver being rude to you, or ANYTHING including questions/concerns about the Ride in general”
    AND
    “list of suggestions for improvement for the Ride Campus Shuttle and the general safety issues on this campus.”…

    emphasizing negative events and conflating the Ride, which increases safety regardless of wait time, with “the general safety issues” is likely to yield a super-defensive posture.

  9. anon

    um, has anyone ever tried to take the ride on a thurs/fri/saturday night during party oclock? i’d say most of the time it seems to be the plastered students that are the rude ones

  10. anon

    um, has anyone ever tried to take the ride on a thurs/fri/saturday night during party oclock? i’d say most of the time it seems to be the plastered students that are the rude ones

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