Picture a young freshman dragged to a party by some older friends and peer-pressured to drink an inordinate amount of alcohol. They try to stumble home but are lost, afraid and suffering from the onset of alcohol poisoning. Fortunately, Women's Transit drives by, here to save the day. But wait, the kid is a male. While the vast majority of sexual assaults happen against women, this story highlights the potentially sexist character of Women's Transit. There are severe potential liability issues with a one-gender only transit system that the school should avoid. Imagine if the driver refuses a ride to that male or he passes it up as it is "Women's Transit" and something horrible happens. WSU should work on free, no-questions-asked transit for all with education to reduce abuse.
Women's Transit is abused, and with an average 45-minute wait time, it is no longer an emergency service. For those reasons it needs to be completely reorganized to make it an effective and safe transit system for all students. By claiming that women, transgendered and gay men are the only vulnerable people in Pullman is backward and ridiculous. This is 2011, people, not 1952.
Protecting students is always valuable. Women's Transit is a great resource that allows women the oppurtunity to ensure they get home safely at night. Can you make the argument that men deserve a similar system? Yes, but you might look like an idiot. I am sorry, but women are more likely to be targeted for rape or a mugging walking alone at night than men are. They need the service a little more than we do. There should be a resource that provides a safe path home for all students, like SafeWalk used to provide, but that does not mean Women's Transit is useless. Perhaps too narrow, but still valuable.