Ridehail services like Uber and Lyft can be used on campus. The university has designated eight ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations around campus. The locations are marked with signage and are available to select in the Uber and Lyft mobile apps. The locations include E. Bronson Ingram Circle, Sarratt Student Center/Rand Hall, Kensington Place outside of the Kensington Garage, the Engineering and Science Building, lot 24 near the Lewis House, Blakemore House, Crawford House and Hank Ingram House.
The decision to create dedicated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations on campus was in direct response to requests from students to improve safety measures around the ridehail process. Vanderbilt University Public Safety conducted research on best-practices from peer universities and participated in educational webinars as part of the #WhatsMyName campaign to improve ridehail safety and awareness. The nine pilot locations were identified across campus based on existing ridehail activity and are in well-lit areas that can be easily monitored by cameras and VUPS patrols. This first phase of pick-up and drop-off locations will be monitored, and adaptations or new locations will be added as needed.
Vanderbilt University Public Safety recommends that riders follow these Ridehail Safety Guidelines when using ridehail services.
Vanderbilt has a preferred partnership with Lyft to offer a flexible transportation option for faculty, staff, and students using ridehail services while conducting official university business. Departments can now establish ride parameters for programmatic transportation needs through the Lyft dashboard. Learn more about the Lyft Ridehail Partnership here.