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TapRide, SafeRide’s version of ‘uber’

[caption id="attachment_11072" align="alignnone" width="198"]Courtesy of Public Safety Courtesy of Public Safety[/caption] TapRide Arrived The Department of Public Safety will introduce a new TapRide mobile application to the Seton Hall Community and SafeRide passengers next Monday, Sept. 28. Downloading the TapRide app give users the ability to pinpoint their location and request a SafeRide vehicle for them and up to five additional passengers, granted that they are within the SafeRide zone. TapRide recognizes user’s location and allows students to track drivers on a virtual map. Notifications alert students when their ride requests are accepted and when their ride arrives. TapRide was implemented due to the influx of calls that the Department of Public Safety receives from students. SafeRide provided over 35,000 rides to students last academic year. Donald Tauriello, associate director of the Department of Public Safety, researched systems that would make it easier for students and the Department to request and dispatch SafeRide transportation. TapRide was brought here in a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Information Technology. An instructional video on how to use the app from TLTC is scheduled to be released sometime over the next few weeks. SafeRide was created for students travelling to or from campus’ proximity who are not within the SHUFLY route. Students in the SHUFLY zone can request a ride outside of the SHUFLY zone but inside of the SafeRide zone and vice versa. Three SafeRide vans are available to students Thursday through Saturday and two from Sunday through Wednesday. Students requesting a ride entirely within the SHUFLY route are asked to wait for the next arriving shuttle. SHUFLY shuttles run daily until 3 a.m. Failure to follow this request from the Department of Public Safety “delays us from providing services to students in the (SafeRide) zone,” said Patrick Linfante, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Security. Leah Carton can be reached at leah.carton@student.shu.edu

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