Triton Taxi to run on Halloween night

Triton Taxi, the A.S. Council’s safe ride home service, will operate Oct. 31 from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. because many students are expected to go off campus that night, according to A.S. Commissioner of Services and Enterprises Colin Parent.

Parent said that Triton Taxi may use up to three vans on Halloween, depending on how many people use the service.

“”There are a number of organizations, individuals and persons holding parties on Halloween,”” Parent said. “”The way the program is set up, anyone who needs the service is going to be able to get ahold of it.””

Parent said that it was Muir College Council member Stephen Reis’ idea to run the Triton Taxi service on Halloween.

“”I know that people like to go out and have a good time on Halloween,”” Reis said. “”I know that people would be willing to use [the Triton Taxi service].””

Reis said that last year, because Halloween was on a weeknight and fewer taxis run during the week than on weekends, some people were left behind.

“”More transportation was needed,”” Reis said.

Triton Taxi typically runs Friday and Saturday in La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Clairemont, University City, Mission Bay, Mira Mesa and the Gaslamp District. The service takes undergraduate students home if they live on campus or close to campus.

Muir senior Patricia Vidal said that the A.S. Council should “”definitely”” run the service on Halloween.

“”I live off campus,”” Vidal said. “”But [the service] only goes one way, so I’m stranded.””

Warren junior Eric Evenskaas said that the council’s decision to run the service on Halloween is “”great.””

“”I imagine a lot of people will be drinking that night,”” Evenskaas said.

The A.S. Council contracts the service out to Cloud 9 Shuttle, Inc. It costs the A.S. Council $70 for each van used in a two-hour time span, Parent said. Triton Taxi’s budget is $10,000, he said said.

To use the Triton Taxi service, students must sign a waiver and affix a Triton Taxi sticker to their UCSD identification cards.

Waivers and stickers are available at the Student Leadership Chambers on the third floor of the Price Center, or from most resident advisors.

Triton Taxi is then accessible by calling (858) 505-4991. Service runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. and is available one-way for students.

The service was established by the A.S. Council’s Office of Services and Enterprises to provide UCSD students a safe way home from uncomfortable situations.

Service was recently expanded to serve the Gaslamp District.

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