Racer bus routes add early evening line

Savannah Sawyer
Contributing writer

Nate Brelsford/The News

Murray Calloway Transit Authority’s Racer Routes recently added a night line for Thursdays and Fridays. The route runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and is free for students with a Racercard.

It is 9 p.m. on a Thursday and you just realized you are out of coffee. How do you plan on staying up through all hours of the night studying for your exams if you do not have the caffeine to keep you up? You have no car and it is too late to walk.
Your problem is now solved.
The Racer Routes have now added night routes to the Thursday and Friday schedules. With stops ranging from the Curris Center to the Gate, students can now safely get around Murray in the early hours of the night. The night schedule runs from 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Many people may assume the night routes will be an alternative to drinking and driving after a night of partying, however the rules state all passengers are not to board the bus while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Consuming alcoholic beverages is not allowed on the bus.
Many students may be unfamiliar with this service because these routes have only been on the schedule for two weeks.
According to the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority, five people rode the bus on the first Thursday the routes were in schedule and the next day 10 people rode.
The second week the number decreased to six people Thursday and rose to 13 people Friday.
Joe Taylor, freshman from Murray, said he had heard about the new night routes and thought they provide a safe, convenient route for a great price.
“(I think it’s a) fantastic idea,” Taylor said. “(I think) a lot of students would make the most of the night routes.”
Murray State students ride free with their Racercard. Pricing for non-students ranges from 50 cents to $2 within city limits.
According to the Murray Transit website, the bus systems are meant “to provide affordable transportation for people of Murray-Calloway County for educational, medical, recreational and health care transportation needs. We strive to make transportation accessible for local residents and business to operate and improve their way of life.”
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