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UVA Safety Concerns Heard

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

With the rising crime rate at the University of Virginia, there will be a new set of eyes around grounds late at night, and the University Transit System is stepping in.

In response to the University of Virginia Student Council's concerns on pedestrian safety, UTS is extending its service for a four week trail period.

In addition to the students, City and University Police can also benefit from UTS as they extend its hours of operation.

Though we are in the best city to live in America, we are not immune to crime.

Just three weeks ago, students at the University of Virginia were shaken by four robberies and a sexual assault. Before that, shots rang out on the corner.

With students partying off the stresses of college life, officials want to make sure they have a safe ride home. Starting on April 7, 2005 students enjoying themselves well into the morning hours can do so without worrying.

In response to the University of Virginia Student Council's concerns on pedestrian safety, UTS is extending its service for a four week trail period.

"We're hoping that there's enough passenger demand that people actually ride the bus at that hour," said Dr. Rebecca White of UTC.

The service, provided by a private contractor, will follow on the regular UTS routes, and run every 24 minutes instead of every 12 minutes, until 3 o'clock in the morning.

"Any increase in visiblity of people who are out watching what is going on [affects other's] ability to keep from walking at night is a good thing," said Captain Michael Coleman.

As rare as this recent string of crime is, students at the University are on board with this new service. Dane Wisher, a third year student at UVa, said "I think it's great. I'd like to see it go 24 hours a day."

"I think it's a great thing. I actually didn't even know that," commented third-year student Lori Stern.

"People are out all hours of the night, and this is a good option to have," added student Jim Prosser.

Students should note the change in the way the busses will look during this service. A private contractor is providing the service, so they will not be the normal blue, orange, and white, but will have a sign reading 'UTS Late Night Service Bus.'

The student council will also pass the word on the schools grounds.


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