M Street Shuttle: SafeRides or Sudetenlands?
Is it SafeRides?
Last February, then-GUSA executive candidate Mike Meaney (SFS ’12), called for the creation of an M Street Shuttle in his budget, but was initially denied funding from the university.
GUSA Vice President Greg Laverierre (COL’ 12) said in an interview with the Hoya that “there’s been a problem of people using SafeRides as a shuttle to the bars. [With the new shuttle] SafeRides can actually have quicker response times now for people who truly feel uncomfortable walking.”
Considering the crime rate in the Georgetown/Burleith area, SafeRides is necessary to ensure students’ safety late at night. And given the number of students going to M Street, this seems like an obvious route.
In an email to the student body, Vice President for University Safety Rocco DelMonaco announced the shuttle along with increased reimbursable details in Georgetown–all for improving student safety:
We are adding some new safety measures this year:
- NEW LATE NIGHT M STREET SHUTTLE SERVICE. We have also added a new route to our late-night shuttle service, connecting campus to the M Street corridor. We encourage you to use this service and to also take advantage of the shuttle’s continuing routes through Burleith and West Georgetown as you study, socialize, and connect with friends during the nighttime hours. Details about shuttle routes can be found at http://publicsafety.georgetown.edu.
- MORE MPD OFFICERS IN NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS. You will see more Metropolitan Police Department officers patrolling the areas around campus during nighttime hours. These officers are there to help keep everyone in our neighborhood safe, and will do this by addressing activity and behavior that creates unsafe conditions or undermines the peace of the community.
Although we’re sure the ANC and friends care deeply about students, SafeRides itself has been the object of ANC criticism. At the May 16 Campus Plan hearing, ANC2E Commissioner Ed Solomon said that SafeRides serves at a mode of transportation from one party to the next. Not to forget, students inflict their raucous hullabaloo on sleeping neighbors when waiting for the vans.
More importantly than the ANC’s recommendations, District Department of Transportation asked for an M Street Shuttle in their review of the Campus Plan too:
“The University offers a late night shuttle for students to utilize if students have been in the neighborhood at local bars or restaurants. DDOT supports the continuation of the late night shuttle, however recommends the route be kept along M Street and not via the neighborhood streets where is presently travels. This is a quality of life measure the University could address by re-routing the late night buses and still accommodating he needs of students to return to Campus.