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Medical school launches taxi service

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 10:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University School of Medicine launched a taxi service on Feb. 1, three weeks after a 24-year-old female student was robbed and beaten while walking home from class.

The attack on Jan. 9 took place at 7 p.m. between the 1300 and 1400 blocks of 15th Street, as she walked home from the Erma Ora Byrd Clinic.

The free taxi service is available 24 hours a day and will be used on a trial basis for at least six months to determine how useful it is to the students. Students also have access to the Cabell Huntington Hospital's shuttle, along with a personal escort service to vehicles parked in the hospital lots after 2:30 a.m.

The taxi service is provided by Metro Tri State, which serves Huntington and the surrounding areas of Southern Ohio and Kentucky. The primary number is 740-451-4994, and the emergency number is 740-451-4995.

For more information, students can call Marie Veitia, the associate dean of Student Affairs, at 304-691-1730.

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