Public Safety Rolls Out Enhancements to Evening Shuttle

New buses, real-time tracking, better routes make it easier
and safer to get around the Heights at night 
 
 
Recent upgrades to the Public Safety Evening Shuttle will make it easier and safer for students, faculty and staff to get around campus neighborhoods at night. 

The free shuttle service, which travels through Morningside and Manhattanville seven days a week from 6:00pm - 4:00am excluding University holidays, now boasts new flex-fuel buses, more efficient routes, more convenient stops, and real-time bus tracking and alerts through the SmartTraxx app, available on Google Play or the App Store

"These improvements will help keep our campus safe and provide more convenient access to the shuttle for our students, faculty and staff," said Vice President for Public Safety James McShane. "We are especially excited about the new app, which shows riders the exact location of the shuttle so they can make safe, informed transit decisions."

In addition to real-time bus tracking, other app features include specific route and stop locations, transit alerts or announcements, and standard or satellite map views.

Anyone with a valid Columbia University ID can use the free Evening Shuttle, which utilizes two shuttle buses traveling on different routes as far south as 106th Street and as far north as 135th Street. Riders are asked to tap their CUID on a card reader each time they board a shuttle. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible. Schedules and additional information can be found at transportation.columbia.edu.

In addition to the Evening Shuttle, Public Safety employs a number of other crime prevention initiatives to help keep our community safe. As part of our walking escort service, trained students will accompany University affiliates on foot to their door any time from 7:00 P.M. until 3:00 A.M. This service is available between 108th Street and 122nd Street at Morningside (call 212-854-SAFE) and between West 165th Street and West 181st Street at the Medical Center (call 212-305-8100). Operation "Safe Haven" provides more than 100 storefront locations across our campuses where people who may feel threatened can take refuge. The merchants will call Public Safety and/ or the NYPD who will respond immediately. Look for the "Red Lion" sticker in the window of the store.