CORNELL BIG RED SHUTTLE
What We Do
About the Big Red Shuttle
The Big Red Shuttle was originally founded in 2011 under the Cornell Women's Resource Center, providing students with free late-night transportation during exam periods. However, the need for additional means of late- night transportation with flexible pick-up and drop-off points has become clear.
Our objective is to expand the Big Red Shuttle from an academic-only resource to one that provides safe, timely and free transportation to Cornell students in need of a safe ride home. Our ultimate goal is to promote a safer campus climate to prevent alcohol-related incidents and sexual assault.
By expanding the Big Red Shuttle, we strive to cater to Cornell-affiliated undergraduate and graduate students of all genders, sexual orientations, majors, ages, races, national origins and organizational affiliations. The Big Red Shuttle runs more frequently than the TCAT and provides a safe, reliable and free alternative to Ithaca taxi companies.
As of Fall 2016, the Big Red Shuttle will run on a 20-minute route every Friday and Saturday from 12am-3am. The schedule can be found below. The driver is a professional, paid employee. Additionally, the Big Red Shuttle has paired with the Campus Activities Office to provide two paid student aides for each ride to provide assistance to the shuttle's passengers. Big Red Shuttle believes that these student aides, trained by Cayuga's Watchers, will serve as active bystanders and help ensure the safety of Cornell students.
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Route & Schedule
Why We Do It
We let the numbers speak for themselves
of Cornell's sexual assaults occur on campus property, according to the 2015 Cornell Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct
1 in 4
undergraduate women at leading universities have been sexually assaulted, according to a survey commissioned by the Association of American Universities in 2015
of the female seniors who responded to the 2015 Cornell Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct have been raped or sexually battered
1 in 4
female undergraduates who responded to the Cornell campus climate survey who self-identified as registered with Student Disabilities Services have experienced nonconsensual penetration involving physical force, incapacitation or absence of affirmative consent
of Cornell male graduate students have experienced sexual harassment, according of the 2015 Cornell Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct
of the 2015 Cornell Campus Climate Survey respondents reported having suspected a friend was sexually assaulted
Why the Big Red Shuttle?
How we differentiate ourselves
Emphasis on security
Professionally trained driver. Two student aides trained by Cayuga's Watchers.
Predetermined and published route map
Designated pickup locations.
Commitment to efficiency
Longer hours than the TCAT. Quicker than calling a cab.
Dedication to catering to specific needs
Stigma-free transportation method. More accessible than the Blue Light system.
High priority on diversity and inclusion
Accessible to all Cornell students. Caters to all groups on campus.