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WESTERN GETS GREEN LIGHT AND LOCAL                                                                                              

Western Carolina University has a new form of late-night transportation in addition to the CatTran, the bus service already in effect for students.

The Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences, also known as SPARC, has instituted a Safe Ride shuttle service that's designed for three purposes - to be an evening shuttle into Sylva (3 miles away from campus), to conserve gas, and to serve as a designated driver service for students. The pilot program ran through April 7, free of charge for students.

“I rode as a monitor the second night of the program,” said Garrett Yates, a WCU graduate student.  “I was there to make sure the ride was as smooth and safe as possible.  The students were very appreciative and hoped that we would keep going with the project.”

The Safe Ride route begins at Western's A.K. Hinds University Center on campus at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights, stopping at central locations for each of the participating businesses, including O'Malley's Irish Pub and Grill, Soul Infusion Tea House, Wal-Mart, Quinn Theater/Jack the Dipper ice cream shop, Main Street Sports Bar and Catamount Peak Apartments.  These local businesses have sponsored the Safe Ride shuttle so students won't have to pay during the three-week pilot period.

“SPARC has granted money to the Safe Ride program, but we have to use the CatTran vehicle  during the initial pilot,” said Elizabeth Likis-Werle, SPARC coordinator. “The biggest obstacle is to find our own vehicle to keep the program going.”

For more information, contact Likis-Werle, at (828) 227-3774.

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