By Jasmine N. Thomas
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Student Government Association (SGA) recently passed “The Late Nite STRIKE” bill, for students to have safe transportation around campus late nights on weekends.
The bill provides students with safe and reliable transportation around campus, to and from select off-campus apartment complexes, and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering from 10:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The goal is to accommodate students who use on-campus amenities after StarMetro’s hours of operation.
The service features the TransLoc Rider mobile application so students will receive real-time notifications of where the shuttle is located through their mobile devices.
Graduate Senator Iman Sandifer, Senate President Derek Keaton, Senior Senator Jernice Woodberry and Junior Senator Jaylen Smith spearheaded the bill.
“The Late Nite STRIKE” will run throughout the remainder of the spring semester and summer B, but Iman Sandifer wants the service to be offered longer.
“I am extremely excited to provide this service to our student body,” Sandifer said. “I believe it is important for student leaders to find innovative ways to utilize activity and service fees to tackle issues we face on a daily basis,” he added.
The Late Nite STRIKE features two shuttle buses. Each bus comes equipped with a Student Escort Team member who rides the routes to ensure safety. Any student with a valid campus I.D. can use the service at no cost.
Some students will use the service for convenience and some will use it for safety.
Sydney Clark, a first-year accounting student from Jacksonville, Fla., said she’s excited and looking forward to another form of transportation on campus.
“This shuttle is perfect for me! I live on campus and I don’t have any means of transportation besides the Venom, but once that is done running for the night, I’m basically stranded. Now I don’t have to worry about getting around campus or surrounding areas late at night,” Clark said.
Kimberlie Nivard, a first-year pre-nursing student from West Palm Beach, Fla., lives on campus and often walks to the library at night.
“I’ll be able to feel more safe and secure around campus instead of walking late night by myself. It’ll give us more opportunities to go to the library, which we should be doing,” Nivard said.
For more information regarding “The Late Nite STRIKE,” contact Brandi Tatum at 850-599-3624 or via email at Brandi.Tatum@famu.edu.