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Second Nite Ride Bus Debuts at UI

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The University of Iowas second Nite Ride vehicle made its debut on campus this morning.

President Sally Mason authorized the purchase of the van as part of her six point plan to reduce sexual assaults on campus.

Nearly 2400 hundred women used the Nite Ride service this past January and February.

The university is hoping a second van will help them provide better safety for their students.

The University of Iowa is doubling down on Nite Ride, the transportation service for women.

"I think it's a really good idea. I just think the university needs to do a good job of advertising it so students are aware of it, said UI sophomore Kara Diemer.

Kara Diemer a sophomore says the university is working hard to keep students safe.

"A lot of people aren't smart and they don't use the services that we have and they go to really obscure places late at night and they end up in bad situations, said Diemer.

Obscure places or not university leaders want their students to feel safe at any hour of the day while on campus and in the downtown area.

That's why they're expanding the service.

"We don't I.D. Anybody that needs the service could ride it and get a safe ride home, said Bill Searls, Department of Public Safety Associate Director.

"Adding the additional van increases our capacity by doubling it in terms of ridership, said University Chief Diversity Officer, Georgina Dodge.

The 15 passenger safety tool comes at a cost of 55-thousand dollars.

Although leaders are excited to offer the service to more students, the push for peaceful nights will continue.

"There's been good work. Do we still have a lot of work to do? Yes. Do we as a society have a lot of work to do? Heck yes, said Dodge.

Georgina dodge says this is just one of *many other plans in the making.

As for Diemer, she hopes the university raises awareness about the service this time around.

"Just making it visible in the places that students are most often, she said.

The Nite Ride service operates from 10pm to 3am free of charge.

University leaders say they are also looking into extending that time frame.

 
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