348 Ride Research Paper

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The Issue Regarding 348 Ride Many parents have been coaxed by the university into believing that students always will have a safe way to get home after a long night at the library or a night spent on the strip. Little do they know, 348 Ride which is supposed to be a reliable source of transportation isn’t the slightest bit reliable. Students get hung up on, yelled at or flat out ignored by these drivers hired by the university to come pick students up and get them to where they need to be. As more students ride 348-RIDE, more complaints arise about the safe ride that they are promised. The university does not have Uber, which is a ride service offered through out the United States. Uber has been used for many years to get people to and from …show more content…
Although there is a system where students can file complaints, many have complained but nothing has been done to improve student transportation. Students receive almost weekly emails from UAPD describing new suspects of crimes which occur late at night as the victim is walking alone. How is that not a red flag to the university that maybe there needs to be another option if these drivers are unable to be reliable? If these issues with 348-RIDE were fixed, the crime rate on campus would likely decrease. Vans sometimes take up to 30 minutes or they may not even show up at all! As a tired student, one may think that they could walk home quicker than getting that “safe” ride home rather than sitting alone in the dark waiting. Drinking and driving is very common among adults regardless of their age, transportation services are intended to help cut back on the amount of people who decide to make …show more content…
Surprisingly, if one is to see the transit hub, there are countless vans with nobody there to drive them. With as much money students spend to attend this university, there should be drivers available to pick up students whenever and wherever they need to be picked up. Other universities have seen how positive Uber can be on campus, with 36,000 students living on and off campus, students need to get around town safely and 348-RIDE does not take students to all of the locations they need to go. Back at home, I use uber to get to and from bars because as an underage person, you could have .001% BAC and get caught up in a DUI. Texas Christian University has Uber running on its campus and when I visited there for a weekend I felt far more safe as we were driving on the roads knowing that there was a reliable source of transportation for college student to use rather than the question asked all around campus “who is the soberest to drive home?”. There have been rumors that Uber will be coming back to Tuscaloosa in the next year and students are beyond excited. A student at The University of Alabama stated “I don’t really go out much, but if there was a situation where I couldn’t drive or get to my car, I think I’d trust Uber over University transportation services.” Although it is expected for an adult to have

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