STUDENT TAXI VOUCHER PROGRAM
The purpose of this program is to provide a safe alternative for BU Medical Campus students who might ordinarily walk to their local residence or to local MBTA stations (to get home) after dark and on weekends/holiday nights when the Evening Shuttle is not in service. Taxi reimbursement (maximum $10) may be obtained for taxi fares incurred on SATURDAY, SUNDAY OR HOLIDAY EVENINGS between dusk and 1 a.m. Reimbursement of taxi fares is restricted to BU Medical Campus students who travel to a local neighborhood location (where they reside) or to a local MBTA station, within a two-mile radius of 70 East Newton St.
What: Taxi Reimbursement Program for weekend and holiday nights
Who: Boston University Medical Campus Students only: Valid BUMC ID required
Why: The purpose of this program is to provide a safe alternative for BU Medical Campus students who might ordinarily walk to their homes or to MBTA stations (to get home) after dark on weekend and holiday nights when the BUMC Evening Shuttle is not in service.
When: Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) and holiday evenings only between dusk and 1 a.m. Please note: Monday through Friday (except holidays) transportation is provided by the BUMC Evening Shuttle.
Where: Local MBTA stops and students’ residences located within a two-mile radius of 70 East Newton St.. If you need to determine if your home is within the authorized range, please check on mapquest.com to calculate the distance from 70 East Newton St., zip code 02118.
Directions to Taxi Pick-up Location: From the Medical School: Go to the 2nd floor of the L-building, walk towards the hospital, over the East Newton Street bridge (Starbucks) and walk down the stairs into the main lobby. Take a left, follow the sign to Emergency and look for the lighted Security Station.
The location for pickup is 70 East Newton St.: just outside the doors to the emergency department where the ambulances arrive.
How: Students should go to the Security Desk located in the lobby of Boston Medical Center, East Newton Pavilion, by the Emergency Department. Students are required to present a valid Boston University Medical Campus ID to the officer. The Public Safety officer will provide a Student Taxi Reimbursement Form to the student to complete, sign, and date. There are taxi phones on an adjacent wall. The student is responsible for paying the taxi fare at the time of the taxi trip. When the trip is complete, obtain a receipt from the driver that shows the date and time of the trip, destination address, fare amount, tip amount, and total amount.
Reimbursement for Taxi Fare: To request reimbursement (not to exceed $10), present the yellow copy of the Student Taxi Reimbursement Form together with your Taxi Receipt to your School’s Student Affairs/Services office, within 30 days of the Taxi trip. Requests for reimbursements submitted after 30 days following the Taxi trip are not eligible for reimbursement.
Other Information: Taxi Reimbursement Form applies only to taxi trips used on evening of issuance. Unused forms must be returned to Public Safety Officer/Security Desk.
The maximum taxi reimbursement amount is $10, based on City of Boston regulated rates of $5 for the first mile and $2.80 for the second mile, plus tip, which may not exceed 15% of the taxi fare.
The Student Taxi Reimbursement Form is forwarded by Public Safety to the Office of Financial & Business Affairs (OFBA) for review. OFBA forwards it to the appropriate Student Affairs/Services office.? You are given the yellow copy of this form to present to your Student Affairs/Services office for reimbursement (Not to exceed $10) for your taxi fare.
When your taxi trip is complete, enter the taxi fare, tip and total amount on your copy of the Student Taxi Reimbursement Form and bring to your respective School’s Student Affairs/Services office. You are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found here.
Abuse or violation of taxi reimbursement protocol may result in termination of privileges to utilize the program.