SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The new Seton Hall University SafeRide shuttle was introduced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday in front of the Bishop Dougherty University Center.

This free service will provide a safe transportation alternative for those traveling the streets around campus between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.  The University Department of Public Safety is offering this free escort service to transport members of the University community from the main campus to locations in the vicinity that are not on the SHUFLY route.

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At the ceremony, the SafeRide vehicle was blessed by Father Nicholas Figurelli, and the ribbon was cut by University President A. Gabriel Esteban, Vice President of Student Services Tracy Gottlieb and AVP for Public Safety and Security Patrick Linfante.

The new handicapped-accessible vehicle joins the university’s SafeRide van, which last year served more than 15,000. School officials report a 30 percent increase already this semester with 4,270 requests, 852 in the last week alone.

To utilize SHU SafeRide, community members need an SHU ID. The SafeRide is available for transportation to and from the Public Safety building, directly behind Corrigan Hall and adjacent to the Ward Place exit. Rides may be requested at the service window and return transportation can be arranged by calling Public Safety at 973-761-9300.