MTC starts using BYU shuttle service

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Ryde Bus
One of three buses used for The Ryde shuttle service. (Photo courtesy Jake Luekenga)

New missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are training at west campus are using BYU graduates’ transportation business called Student Movement.

An estimated 1,000 missionaries use this local shuttle service, the Ryde, each week, according to one of the company’s founders, Jake Luekenga.

Speaking about his company’s services for the Church, Luekenga said, “It’s transporting missionaries from west campus to main campus and the temple.”

The new missionaries use these buses to get to the main Missionary Training Center for Sunday devotionals and, when the weather is poor, for Tuesday devotionals.

Missionaries are not the only ones getting free access.

“For those who teach at the MTC they also have a free shuttle pass,” Luekenga said. “That is all included in the contract as well.”

Other MTC employees and BYU students don’t receive the same free privileges, but Student Movement does boast that the Ryde is a better all-around transportation solution for students making their way around campus.

The organization’s website states, “We are Cheaper, Faster, more Informative, and probably better looking than your old ride (your parents’ old beater, UTA, or your roommate’s Car). And you’ll never, ever, ever, pay for a parking ticket!”

The shuttle costs $99 a semester, and routes start at 7:05 a.m. with opportunities to ride twice every hour until 7 p.m.