LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Oktoberfest is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Safe Ride bus.
It brings people downtown from areas surrounding UW-L, Viterbo, Western and back home again.
The bus stops are marked with maroon and silver safe ride bus stop signs.
"Watch the door, step up," Nate Coleman, Bus Operator said.
Coleman spends every weekend bussing around drunk college students.
"They need to blow off some steam," Coleman said. "At least this is a safe way for them to get back home."
Throughout the night, his patience is tested.
"Hey hey young lady, you cannot bring that popcorn on the bus," Coleman said.
He knows they appreciate the ride.
"I would say those people are one of the most patient I've ever run across," Jenna Nelson, Bus rider said.
As the night goes on, they pack on like sardines to make sure no one has to drive themselves to or from the bars.
"Sometimes it gets a little pushy, a little shovey," Nelson said.
"Especially on a night like tonight, Oktoberfest, when there are a lot of drunk drivers around it's not safe to be walking," Brooke Miller, Bus rider said.
"I'm quite sure we're saving lives and accidents and incidents," Coleman said.
Ensuring that after a fun night out on the town everyone gets home safely.
The bus is funded in part by student fees at UW-L and Viterbo. It's free for anyone who needs a safe ride home in La Crosse. No student id is required. Click here to see a map of the bus route.
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