If you look on the back of any MU identification card, you’ll see a line that says, “STRIPES for a safe ride home” and a phone number — (573) 442-9672.

STRIPES is a free ride service for MU students. Calling that number on a weekend night will connect you to a dispatcher, who will send a car to pick you up and drive you home.

The service is most well-known for taking students home after they’ve been out at bars or parties, but it can also be useful when you leave campus late at night or don’t want to pay for a ride-share service.

The service runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The entire operation is run by students, and each car has one male and one female as driver and passenger.

The rides are confidential, meaning that you won’t get in trouble for anything you did before getting into the car. STRIPES will not ask for any information other than your name and home address. However, the drivers reserve the right to cancel the ride if a passenger becomes belligerent or dangerous.

Because STRIPES is student-run, it relies on volunteer drivers and dispatchers. The STRIPES cars are rented, so you can still volunteer to be a driver even if you don’t have your own car.

STRIPES recruits every semester through an application and interview process. If you don’t get chosen your first time, don’t be discouraged! You can try again the next semester.

Need a ride?

Call: (573) 442-9672.

Hours: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

More info: facebook.com/MUSTRIPES/ or https://stripes.missouri.edu/

  • State government reporter, spring 2019. I am a junior studying investigative journalism and international studies. You can reach me at mgmcvan@mail.missouri.edu.

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