Combining the efforts of both Temple Student Government and Campus Safety, the bus service will launch by the middle of March. Named by Temple Ad Club’s Andrew Moliski, Flight will operate in a similar way as the popular taxi dispatch company Uber, but for free.
Flight’s services will not only pick up students from their off campus housing, but also drop them off between 5:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Cumberland to Girard streets, and 5th to 20th streets. Students will use the smartphone app TapRide to request for the bus to pick them up at their current address.
TapRide allows user to demand a car just like the services Uber and Lyft. The new service has eight campus drop-off locations: the TECH Center, Student Center, IBC Student Recreation Center, Fox School of Business, Tyler School of Art, Johnson and Hardwick Hall, White Hall, and Morgan Hall.
Students using the old services TUrDoor and OwlLoop had been slowly declining since the programs launched in 2010. With Flight set to launch after spring break, the original two services will no longer operate.
Temple Student Government president Ryan Rinaldi pitched the program while he ran for the position last year, trying the pacify the concern for the lack of off campus transportation. Rinaldi also hopes to have the app active on the TECH Center computers.
Flight is set to launch it’s services Mar. 14.