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UAB employees and students can now request transportation from UAB Safety Escort and Blaze Ride using TapRide by DoubleMap, available for download on  iOS and Android  devices.

Both transportation options offer on-demand van service within the UAB footprint. The Safety Escort provides Blazers daily late-night service 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m. and Blaze Ride is available weekdays 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. for employees and students with limited mobility. To use Blaze Ride, employees must register with AWARE; students must register with Disability Support Services. ONE Cards are required to ride.

Follow these steps to request a ride using TapRide:

  1. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Select “University of Alabama at Birmingham” from the list of systems.
  3. When prompted, select “Rider Login” from the login system options and input your BlazerID and password.
  4. Select “Allow” for using location services, which are required to utilize the app.
  5. Select “Allow” for notifications to stay updated on your driver’s arrival time.

UAB Transportation encourages the use of TapRide to request services from Safety Escort and Blaze Ride; however, Safety Escort also can be requested by calling 205-934-8772. Blaze Ride participants can call 205-975-3514.

The Blazer Express Safety Escort  is an on-demand van service for UAB students, employees, and authorized visitors, available through Parking and Transportation Services by calling 205-934-8772. The service is available daily from 9:00 pm – 5:30 am.  UAB students and employees must present their UAB ID badge to be transported.  Visitors will be allowed to use the service when accompanied by a card-carrying student or employee. The Safety Escort coverage area extends to these borders: 

  • Railroad Park to the north
  • Eighth Street to the west
  • 22nd Street to the east
  • 14th Avenue to the south

If the Blazer Express Safety Escort is not available, call UAB Police at 934-4434, or you may use a HELP Phone to request an escort for your personal safety. A UAB escort will meet you at any on-campus location (including parking facilities) and accompany you to your on-campus destination either on foot or in a marked vehicle.




(205) 934-4434