Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) reached an agreement to renew the late-night free taxi service with Brunswick Taxi this week, preserving its operating hours but modifying pick up and drop off times for Freeport and Portland trips. BSG will subsidize free Brunswick Taxi rides within a mile radius of campus on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The new contract aims to make the service more user-friendly for students, as the free taxi service has been underutilized thus far.
“It’s pretty much always been carrying over the same policies from the year before,” said Tessa Kramer ’13, BSG vice president of facilities. “We wanted to look at what’s being used, what’s the most popular, and how it could be improved.”
BSG sponsors multiple transportation services, including the shuttle, the night taxi and special shuttles to the airport during breaks.
The deal with Brunswick Taxi is meant to supplement the Bowdoin Shuttle, colloquially referred to as Safe Ride.
Kramer said she hopes the taxi service will alleviate long wait times for the shuttle.
The night taxi will also take students to Spare Time Lanes in Cook’s Corner, where students can bowl for free on Thursday nights. The cost is covered by Student Activities.
The night taxi provides “an element of safety that has always been one of our main concerns,” said Sarah King, a representative from Brunswick Taxi.
The taxi is used especially by students living off campus, and ensures they make it home safely, according to King.
The shuttle brings students to popular off-campus destinations on weekends, running to Freeport and Old Port on Fridays, Old Port on Saturdays, and Freeport and Maine Mall on Sundays. A round trip through Brunswick Taxi costs five dollars, regardless of the destination.
The shuttle previously ran to Cook’s Corner, but because the service went largely unused and because the Brunswick Explorer follows the same route, BSG terminated weekend service this year. The Brunswick Explorer takes students to Cook’s Corner for $2 round trip.
“We thought students would want to go shopping either on Fridays or Sundays and maybe want to go out to Portland at night on Saturdays,” said Kramer.