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TapRide is a new mobile app available to the students, faculty and staff of Texas State University, which makes it easier than ever to request a safety escort during nighttime hours. Users can quickly schedule a FREE ride and then track their vehicle’s location in real-time. This app is designed as a safety service to all Texas State University community members to help get them from one point on campus to another safely.

TapRide works similarly to Uber and Lyft. Once a ride has been requested, a driver is assigned based on the pickup/drop-off location and the user will receive an approximate wait time.

Student approaches Safe Ride van

Where SafeRide/TapRide/Bobbies Services Can Take You

There are two main components to the SafeRide/TapRide service: the Bobcat Bobbies Golf Cart service and the SafeRide/TapRide van which is driven by the Bobcat Bobbies.

Bobcat Bobbies Golf Cart Service

  • Limited to inner campus trips
  • During severe weather only provides a walking escort

SafeRide/TapRide Van Service

  • Designated pickup points throughout San Marcos Campus
  • Transports individuals to drop-off points located on campus, to include Mill Street, Bobcat Village or Athletic complexes

Using TapRide

To use TapRide, you will need to download the app onto your mobile device by:

  • Searching for TapRide on your mobile device via App Store or Google Play.
  • Once downloaded, select “Texas State University” when prompted from the list.
  • Log in to the app using your TXST NetID/Password.
  • Select “Request a Ride,” then choose your pickup location and destination.

Please note that SafeRide/TapRide is a safety escort service and is not designed to be used as a transportation service. SafeRide/TapRide is only available from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., 7 days a week (limited service during summer sessions)

Transportation Service

For students, faculty and staff in need of transportation, Texas State’s bus service is in operation during all class days.

  • Monday through Thursday, service runs from about 7 a.m. to 10:20 p.m.
  • Friday service runs from about 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday bus routes run from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Bus services are NOT offered on Sundays.
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Any questions regarding TXST SafeRide or the TapRide app can be directed to the University Police Department at 512.245.2805. For additional information regarding the app, please visit the TapRide website.