Called SafeRide, the new service offers a nighttime shuttle route around campus that is scheduled to arrive every five minutes at each stop. There are also two routes around RISD as well as a reservation-only service to and from Brown and RISD for students, faculty, and staff who live in the outlying neighborhoods. Off-campus service has been extended downtown and to the Providence-Pawtucket line. (Some students, though, have complained that the new service is irregular, that wait times can be too long, and that the drivers don’t know their way around.)
Although students drove the former shuttles, the new drivers are professionals. In fact, the decision to revamp the service came about when a review of Rhode Island law revealed that shuttle drivers must be twenty-one or older and have a chauffeur’s license. So Brown and RISD joined forces to contract with a local company. Students, however, continue to serve as dispatchers.