Our trial weekend went well and we w learned a lot about how to effectively run this service! Expect to see Safe Rides back in January with the start of semester. Just call or text WSU-267-SAFE during our hours of operation if you would otherwise be walking home alone, and one of our cars will come and give you a lift!
We're continuing to look for drivers and dispatchers. If you want to volunteer with us, this form is the place to start. You'll need some training and a background check before you can begin taking shifts, and the process can take a few weeks, so don't put it off!
We've scheduled some trainings for January, for new volunteers:
- Tuesday, January 16th, 4:30 PM in CUE 512
- Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00 PM in CUE 516
- Tuesday, January 23rd, 4:30 PM in CUE 512
- Wednesday, January 24th, 6:00 PM in CUE 316
Get them on your calendar!
History of Women's Transit
The Women's Transit Program originated in the fall of 1977 when Mary Wyer, the Outreach Coordinator for the WSU Women's Resource Center, presented the concept to several people and received favorable responses at every turn. Mary had been very involved in a similar program as a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and patterned the early Women's Transit format after their program known as the Women's Transit Authority.
After speaking with the relevant campus authorities, including Campus Police and Safety Division, Dean of Students, Student Affairs, and Supportive Services Program, the first public meeting was held in early November. The meeting was very well attended, especially by students who were very supportive of the idea and willing to volunteer their time. Enough support was forthcoming to begin limited operation spring semester.
Cougar Safe Rides
The Motor Pool was approached via Campus Policy to obtain a vehicle, establish special rates, and off-hour usage. Campus Police donated office space, and reportedly, paid for the car that first year. The Women's Transit Program did not originally obtain funding through the Association for Women Students (currently named the Coalition for Women Students), according to Ms Wyer. Local Jaycees donated the first CB radio and antennae, and Women's Transit was ready for business.
For the academic year of 2015-2016 the Women's Transit Program provided 3645 rides. An average of 29 rides per night were logged. The Women's Transit System is an organization that is comprised of volunteers serving as either drivers or dispatchers. Volunteers insure the success of the program and the Women's Resource Center assumes the responsibility for the recruitment of volunteers, scheduling, training, publicity, workshops and making sure the nightly operations of Women's Transit run smoothly. Volunteer drivers and dispatchers commit themselves to weekly shifts and weekends and have full responsibility for engaging the system. Without volunteers there would be no Women's Transit.