Women’s Transit will be adding a new component to its services this fall.
The transit service helps women at WSU get to where they need to be safely between the hours of 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Women’s Transit is incorporating a new mode of transportation in fall 2012 by adding a walking component in addition to its driving service. Coordinator Dina Wyche said Women’s Transit has been working with ASWSU on this walking service after being approached by ASWSU’s Director of Student Life Kyle Erdman. Erdman said he was asked by ASWSU President Riley Myklebust to look into the opportunity of merging with Women’s Transit.
“I think it is extremely important what Women’s Transit is doing,” Erdman said. “They are bringing another dimension to service and safety on our campus, and it will add to the community feeling we have at WSU.”
Cindy Robinson, a junior communication major, said she thinks a walking service is a good idea for ladies at WSU.
“I think having a different kind of safe walk is a good idea, especially for the students who don’t live far from where they are trying to go,” Robinson said. “This service will be a good way of safety to get home for those girls who live in walking distance who normally wouldn’t ask for a ride home.”
Wyche said Women’s Transit wants more feedback from the women of WSU so they know where and what hours of the week this new walking service is going to be needed. The new walking component will be open to all women on campus, Wyche said.
“We are looking at trying to start a limited, pilot version of this new service after spring break,” she said. “If the need is there, we are hoping to get more volunteers to support this new component.”
Erdman said he encourages all students to look into volunteering with Women’s Transit. He said a walking service experience can give students a perspective on the student life at WSU and help them realize the safety on campus.
“This program is an excellent opportunity to volunteer as an organization, a group of friends or just as a student looking to get involved,"Erdman said.
Wyche said she hopes people will want to volunteer and help with this new program. Women’s Transit has put advertising in posters and newspapers with information for volunteering, she said. Volunteers can also stop by Wilson Hall Room 8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.