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Saferide con-artist?

MIT Police issued an informational bulletin via email yesterday warning the MIT community of an unauthorized 18-passenger bus that had been charging students $5 for transportation during overnight hours.

According to the bulletin, MIT Police stopped the bus on Sunday just before 3 a.m. on Amherst Alley near McCormick Hall, but MIT Police urges the community to report any reappearance of the vehicle. The bulletin also noted that official Saferide shuttles are marked “MIT Parking and Transportation,” and drivers wear an MIT Parking and Transportation uniform.

Operations Manager of Parking and Transportation Larry Brutti had no additional information as of Monday afternoon. He said he’s never heard of an incident like this before in his time at MIT.

Harvard had a similar incident earlier this year. According to a Jan. 24, 2011 article in The Harvard Crimson, an unmarked van driver charged students $5 for transportation and claimed to work for a private charter company unaffiliated with Harvard.

—Maggie Lloyd