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Johns Hopkins Shuttle Cracks Down on Non-Hopkins Riders

February 16, 2012

Photograph by Jefferson Jackson Steele.

Johns Hopkins’ JHMI shuttle, a free service provided to Hopkins students, faculty, and staff traveling between the academic/medical behemoth’s various campuses, has long been known to provide free rides to pretty much anyone who shows up at one of the stops along its route, despite official Hopkins policy that riders must be prepared to show a Hopkins ID. But on Monday, Feb. 13, new signs were posted on the shuttles reminding passengers of the ID policy, and a City Paper employee observed drivers carding passengers as they boarded the bus and refusing those without Hopkins credentials.

A call to Johns Hopkins about the new enforcement elicited an e-mail from Dennis O’Shea, director of media relations, who wrote:

Drivers will check IDs on randomly selected runs, perhaps more frequently than has been the case in the recent past. This is not in response to any particular incident. It is, rather, a measure intended to ensure the safety and security of our passengers and the integrity of  a service provided by Johns Hopkins for Johns Hopkins.

In other words, the free rides might be over.

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