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ClarkRIDE, formerly known as the Clark University Student Safety Escort Service, is a safety service intended to provide transportation to and from the Clark campus area by helping students explore the neighborhoods surrounding Clark in a safe and convenient manner.

Clark University continues to strive to provide safe transportation for students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the newly named ClarkRIDE will operate under limited capacity throughout the remainder of the pandemic to ensure the safety of all drivers and passengers. Our vans are equipped with heavy plastic sheets to provide a barrier between the front and back of the interior. In addition, the driver will not be accompanied by a “rider” to keep passengers informed of their estimated time of arrival (ETA). To keep our drivers from having to pull over to make such calls, the University is hiring another dispatcher specifically to provide passengers with ETAs.

The primary function of ClarkRIDE is safety, and we ask for the campus community’s understanding as we navigate this semester with limited resources. We also ask that all passengers wear masks for the duration of their transport — from the time they enter the vans to when they leave. Failure to wear a mask will result in refusal of service.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ashley Huntt, director of ClarkRIDE. Ashley has several years of experience working with us on ClarkRIDE’s previous incarnation, the Safety Escort Service. Her enthusiasm and passion for providing our community with a safe experience make her the perfect person for the job.

How to Get Your ClarkRIDE

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Step 1

Call to request a ride: 508-793-7777.

Hawthorne and Woodland Street signs

Step 2

Tell us where you’re coming from and where you need to go, within the established boundaries.

ClarkRIDE van

Step 3

Wait in a place where you can see the blinking yellow light on the van, which is clearly marked as a Clark University van.

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Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 when you are ready to return to campus.

Additional Information

  • ClarkRIDE’s Spring 2021 hours are 7 days per week, from 4 p.m. to midnight.
  • ClarkRIDE will stop taking requests for transport at 11:45 p.m. to ensure drivers and passengers can return to campus by midnight.
  • Each van is equipped with GPS and dashboard video recording (audio is not enabled on the cameras, and each van has signage notifying passengers of this).
  • While we strive to keep our ETAs to under 30 minutes, we cannot guarantee this as the safety of our drivers and passengers is our priority. We ask that you plan accordingly, and if you need to be somewhere at a specific time, we encourage you to use a ride share or cab service.
  • When it is determined that driving is no longer safe due to inclement weather, we will continue to offer foot transports, and a ClarkRIDE employee will accompany individuals to and from on-campus locations. As always, University Police will offer foot transports at any time.
  • No more than two passengers are allowed in the van at a time.
  • Drivers will wait for passengers only one to two minutes after the ETA has lapsed.

Where Can You Go with ClarkRIDE in a Quarter Mile Radius?

Please remember to abide by The Clark Commitment — social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing — at all times when off campus.

On and off campus residences: Clark offers multiple on-campus apartments and residence halls, but many people live off-campus. Escort will take you to any off-campus housing in the neighborhood!

Restaurants: Da Lat, Peppercorn’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Pho Dakao, Applebee’s, China Lantern, Bootleggers Prohibition Pub, Debbie’s Pizzeria, Pho Bowl, Red Pepper, Saigon, Popeyes, KFC/Taco Bell, Crown Fried Chicken, Chinese Buffet, Hacienda Don Juan, Bahn Thai, My Sister’s Crawfish II, and many others!

Coffee Shops: Dunkin’ Donuts, Acoustic Java, Dippin’ Donuts, Boston Donuts, Yoway

Pharmacies and Grocery Stores: Price Chopper, Big Y, The Living Earth, CVS, Walgreens, Ha Tien, Holiland Market, Honey Farms, Asian Super Market, and more!

Thrift Stores: Salvation Army, Clark Thrift Store

ClarkRIDE Map

Contact Information


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Hours of Operation
  • 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.