Two Texas Tech juniors have created a small business to ensure that fellow students stay safe when drinking and moving around Lubbock. It’s a bus service called Rowdy Raiders, and it’s a fun and responsible way for college kids at Tech to have a good time.
From TTU Hub:
Rowdy Raider Night Shuttle LLC, a small business created by Austin Black and Ty Myers, serves as a safe but fun way to get around Lubbock after a night of drinking. Black, the 20-year-old president and founder of Rowdy Raider, said the business began in November 2014, after drunk driving caused several deaths around the city.
“It wasn’t really safe for the kids to go out and drink and go out to the bars,” Black said. “We wanted to fix the problem and make the solution fun at the same time.”
Thus the Rowdy Raider Night Shuttle was born. The service offers inexpensive transportation to anywhere in the city limits. A group of a minimum of five people can call, text or Facebook-message the shuttle’s crew at any time, day or night. Passengers must provide a pick-up address and pay $5 each for a one-way trip or $8 each for a round trip. (The prices on the shuttle’s Facebook page are different but about to be updated.)
The Rowdy Raider bus is not limited to nightly trips to bars, Black said. The shuttle has also hosted rides for bachelor and bachelorette parties, sorority and fraternity date parties and formals, Kalf Fry, Chili Fest, and Delta Chi’s weeklong trip to Breckenridge. The shuttle also offers $2 rides to home football games.
“As a business, I think we’ve accomplished our goal of creating a safer way for drunk college kids to get where they’re going,” Black said. “That’s what we’re big on, helping these kids not drink and drive.”
$5 rides? Two bucks to get to the football game? This is a bargain.
Major props to these guys. They identified a problem and offered up a cost-effective solution. Not only are they being incredibly responsible, but they are also probably making some good money in doing so. I wish I had this level of ingenuity when I was in college. Then maybe I wouldn’t have to spend my nights driving for Lyft.
I know Lubbock has Uber now, but if you’re a Red Raider and want to ride on the best party bus in town, give these guys a call..
[via TTU Hub]
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