Women’s Transit closed for semester

JESSICA ZHOU, Evergreen assistant news editor

WSU Women’s Transit, which provided 3,338 rides, or an average of about 27 rides per night, in the 2015-2016 academic year, has ceased operations for the semester.

Women’s Transit coordinator Sarah Smith said this year’s evaluation was delayed and did not begin until several weeks into the fall semester.

“We have had some turnover in the past school year,” Smith, who was newly hired in August, said.

She said Heidi Stanton Schnebly, interim director of the Women’s Resource Center, has been working closely with campus Risk Management Services, to review the program’s policies, procedures and training practices.

She said the review is aimed at ensuring Women’s Transit is providing the safest possible program to both passengers and volunteers.

Women’s Transit was established 40 years ago and has been run through the Women’s Resource Center by one staff member and about 200 student volunteers trained in crisis management and sexual assault risk reduction.

According to the website, the Women’s Resource Center felt it was imprudent to re-open the program until an assessment identifying any changes that need to be made have been completed.

The progress report on the assessment will be available before spring semester.

While in service, Women’s Transit provided free rides home to anyone within Pullman city limits.

Two free alternatives are Pullman Transit, with WSU ID, available Monday through Saturday until midnight in limited areas, and Cougar Security Escorts, available Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Women’s Transit also suggests taxi services like College Cabs, A Top Notch Taxi and Blue Water Taxi.

Reporting by Jessica Zhou