By Meghan Lee, MUTV-23 News Reporter

 

After a year of off-and-on operation, MU STRIPES is back once again. The student-run ride program suspended operations last spring in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Then, on Tuesday, April 4, the Stripes Instagram account announced that the program would resume modified services starting Saturday of the same week. 

 

STRIPES offers “safe, confidential rides home” for students Thursdays through Saturdays. Before the pandemic, students could call in for rides from 10 p.m. to no later than 3 a.m. Now, under the modifications, hours of operation are from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

 

In addition to different hours, other modifications also change the services offered as well. Now, all individuals in the vehicle need to wear masks, patrons must show a “Good to go” Campus Clear screen, each ride is limited to one location drop-off, and each ride has a maximum of two patrons. STRIPES also now offers round trips to “essential services”, described as trips to places like the grocery store or pharmacy. 

 

Before this more recent return to operations, STRIPES partnered with Tiger Pantry, a food donation charity for members of the University of Missouri community facing food insecurity. Starting in October, STRIPES helped with Tiger Pantry’s food deliveries on Sundays and Tuesdays. 

 

STRIPES hires trained student volunteers and uses Avis cars. Their sponsors include the Missouri Students Association, local businesses, as well as franchises. 

 

Students in need of a safe ride home can call their number, which is on their website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages. 

 

Edited by Rachel Henderson

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