• Brileigh Boyce

New taxi passes for Minot State students

A new taxi pass is available for any current Minot State University student.

Taxi passes have been available since 2008 on a limited basis through the Student Government Association. Before, students were only able to use the passes from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., so it was designed to get students home from parties or bars. But over the past few years, Aaron Hughes, student activities coordinator, and other staff members noticed that a lot of students had trouble finding daytime transportation.

“We’ve made a few adjustments to the pass to add flexibility for students,” Hughes said. “We’ve taken away the hour restrictions, so now any student can use the pass any time of day.”

Jamillia Williams, a freshman from Naples, Fla., is now able to explore the Magic City on her own, rather than asking for a ride or only enjoying places within walking distance of campus, with MSU’s new taxi pass program.

“I think it was a great idea for them to open the hours because I don’t drive. I’m not from here, so if I need to run an errand or if I need something, I can just call a taxi,” Williams said.

When she used the pass, Williams said the taxi arrived faster than expected, and was at her place within minutes.

Calling a taxi outside of the taxi pass program can be expensive — as much as $20 roundtrip. With the taxi pass, it costs $6 to go oneway anywhere within Minot city limits, and an additional $1 for an extra passenger.

Because of limited funds from the SGA budget, not all students are able to get the passes. Distribution is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are enough passes for 75 students to receive four passes.

MSU students wanting a pass should go to student I.D. office, Student Center second floor, with their student I.D. to receive four passes a semester.

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