ASM Express: A New Safety Initiative

Sorry for the obscene delay between postings.  I will try to post more frequently, I promise!

Anyway, with the session’s first council meeting looming above us tonight, I thought I would give a brief overview of one of the new safety initiatives that we are unrolling this year: the ASM Express.

As many know, SAFEcab funding was a subject of controversy last year because of abuse by individual students, prompting calls for a program that is there when students need it and that can be supplied at a reasonable price.

ASM Express would be a replacement for the SAFE Cab program, allowing ASM to internally fund and provide this service to students more directly than the current contract allows.  The basic premise would be that ASM would purchase or borrow from the UW several vehicles and employ students to be the drivers.  That’s the idea in a nutshell; create jobs for students on campus, operate an essential service at a more efficient level of funding, and improve campus safety.

Shared Gov Director Sam Helgeson has been spearheading this with support from Chair Kyle VandenLangenberg and myself.  The model we are using is based off a similar model used by the University of Minnesota that has been successful for a few years.  Of course, we have lots of issues to tackle (insurance, liability, risk management, purchasing, etc) but the kernal is being worked on.

What do you think?  Is this something ASM should pursue or is it trying to fix something that isn’t broken?  If ASM does this, will it count as a “win” for our safety program?