May 25, 2022

Summer Transportation Options

To: All Students
From: Eric Heath, Associate Vice President for Safety & Security, and Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University
Subject: Summer Transportation Options
Date: May 25, 2022

As the summer nears, we are writing to share updates regarding summer transportation options available to all students. UChicago’s Lyft Ride Smart program will remain available 7 days a week throughout the summer. The program’s hours will also remain the same throughout the summer, operating from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. each day. We are continually assessing future options for the program, and details regarding the program’s parameters for the upcoming academic year will be communicated before the start of Autumn Quarter.

Through the Lyft Ride Smart program, students can take up to 10 free standard Lyft rides per month (up to $15 off per ride) from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. Rides must begin and end within the UGo NightRide Shuttle Service area. This program is intended to provide students with alternative transportation options during evening and late-night hours. It is available to all currently enrolled UChicago students. Instructions for signing up are on the Department of Safety & Security website.

Also as part of our expanded summer transportation options this year, the UGo NightRide Shuttle system will remain in full operation throughout the summer, with no service reductions. This includes the South Loop Shuttle, which operates on Friday and Saturday evenings and provides transportation to and from campus to the South Loop.

Students with questions about Lyft Ride Smart at UChicago or any of the University’s transportation programs can email bus@uchicago.edu. For helpful safety tips on getting around Hyde Park and the city, including using ride share services and requesting a safety escort, please visit the University’s webpage on Safe Transportation.

Additionally, students with questions about University safety and help resources are encouraged to contact the Dean-on-Call. The Dean-on-Call can be reached directly by text via the UChicago Safe Mobile Safety App. You can also request that the Dean-on-Call be paged by calling UCPD at 773-702-8181. Please be prepared to leave a 10-digit callback number. The Dean-on-Call is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.