From: Virginia Tech Police Department 

Open to all students, employees, and visitors, the Virginia Tech Police Department’s Safe Ride service offers Hokies a fast way to request a safe ride home.

Safe Ride operates from dusk until dawn and provides free transportation or a walking escort, upon request, to persons who must cross campus during the nighttime alone. 

Safe Ride hours

Fall semester:
Sunday through Friday: 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.           

Spring semester:
Sunday through Friday: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Saturday: 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

While the van is not operated during all hours between dusk until dawn, the service itself is still available. If Safe Ride is requested outside the normal operational hours of the van, the police department will offer either a ride with a police officer, or a walking escort, depending on availability. 

How to request a Safe Ride

To request Safe Ride service between dusk and dawn, university members can:

  • Download and utilize the TransLoc Rider app, which is available free through the App Store and Google Play or
  • Call 540-231-SAFE (7233) to request a ride.

For more information, please call the Virginia Tech Police Department general information line at 540-231-6411 or email

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