A transportation safety net courtesy of UW Transportation Services.

***If you are currently in need of an Emergency Ride Home, please proceed to the ERH instructions***

Emergency Ride Home (ERH) is a supporting service designed for UW employees who choose an alternative to driving alone to campus. In an emergency, employees may use a pre-printed voucher to cover the cost of the cab ride home. The intention of ERH is to serve as a safety net so that those who choose to carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or walk to campus need not fear being stranded in an emergency. ERH is available between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Since you must present a voucher to the cab driver in order to use the ERH service, we highly recommend printing out a voucher now and keeping it at your desk (or other easily accessible location). This way you will not need to go online and print the voucher when you’re in a hurry due to the emergency situation. UW Transportation Services cannot refund cab fare paid by an employee directly.

Be prepared: print a voucher now!

ERH can be used up to three times every six months. Overuse/abuse of ERH may endanger this program, so questionable requests will be carefully reviewed by Transportation Services. Transportation Services reserves the right to rule requests for rides inappropriate regardless of any prior judgments.


Any employee who does not drive to work, including people who vanpool, carpool, bus, bike, walk and/or use a park and ride are eligible for the Emergency Ride Home program.

Appropriate requests for ERH:

  • Employee gets sick while at work
  • Employee's family member becomes sick or injured while employee is at work
  • A personal crisis occurs (e.g. death in the family, extensive property damage or loss, etc.)

Inappropriate requests for ERH:

  • Employee needs to run personal errands
  • Employee needs transportation from events that are planned in advance, such as after-hours meetings
  • A school cancellation/closing occurs (in most cases)
  • Employee's vehicle breaks down
  • Employee has to work overtime
  • In general, any situation of which there was prior knowledge

Transportation Services reserves the right to review a request to determine emergency status. We have no control over the response time of a cab or fleet vehicle. Customers should confirm these details when they request the service.

Follow these steps if you are in need of an Emergency Ride Home
  1. Print the voucher
  2. Call one of the following companies and request a taxi (inform them when you call that you are requesting a UW Emergency Ride Home). Please note that UW's ERH is not available from other cab companies.
    • Union Cab: (608) 242-2000
    • Badger Cab: (608) 256-5566

  3. Present a completed voucher to the cab driver at the time of the ride (do not pay for the ride, you will not be reimbursed)

  4. Ineligible requests for an emergency ride home will be denied and the cab fare will be the responsibility of the user
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