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New app makes rides safe for students

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 12:50:46-05

University of Arizona students and staff now have an easier and cheaper way to get around Tucson. 

A free ride will be in the palm of their hands with a new app called TapRide. The app is used by SafeRide programs around the country and works a lot like ride-sharing apps used by companies such as Uber and Lyft, but is free. All you will need is your Cat card. 

The free transportation service operates beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday. It is staffed with nearly 50 drivers that are students at the University of Arizona.  

The boundaries of SafeRide range from Broadway Boulevard in the south all the way up to Fort Lowell Road. The Western and Eastern Boundaries are Stone Avenue and Country Club Road. 

According to SafeRide officials, drivers will not prioritize students traveling in smaller groups, because of a large number of calls drivers receive every night. SafeRide will not take groups larger than six people. 

Additionally, drivers cannot and will not take intoxicated passengers.  Each driver will determine whether a passenger is intoxicated. 

The TapRide app is available for free download on Google Play or iTunes.