Ramping Up the Nighthawk Program

Kathleen Dickerson, one of our undergraduate Commuter Representatives, recently met with the Director of Public Safety and Transportation, Tim Marron, about his plans to expand upon the current Nighthawk shuttle service. She was also told that Graduate  Students utilize this service as well and wanted to let us know about some of the potential changes to the program so that you can notify your constituents that may use the Nighthawk.

Currently, the program uses a small fleet of two Ford Escapes and the Public Safety truck to shuttle students within a 6-block radius of campus from 6 P.M. to 12 A.M. on weekdays and 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. on weekends. Students staff the Nighthawk program and drive the vehicles. The problem facing this program is the limited number of vehicles creating long wait times for students.

The plan is to expand the program to utilize 6 Nissan Leafs for the shuttle service, as well as adding two vans that will make larger  loops (similar to a bus route) with swipe access and guest privileges. There are plans for installing charging stations around campus for the new vehicles, and the vehicles will likely remain student-driven with the addition of a Graduate Assistant coordinator and a Director of Transportation Services.

For more information or to provide feedback, you can contact Tim Marron at marront@seattleu.edu.

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