LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville students are using a police escort van more often following two recent sexual assaults near campus.

U of L police say 7,000 students and staff members were provided rides through the service last year.

“It’s a great resource," said assistant U of L police chief Kenny Brown. "It provides safety and security for the students coming across campus. We have a designated security officer that does the driving. If they’re very busy or they get backed up, then we can send an officer over."

Drivers can pick students up and take them anywhere within four blocks of campus.

The free service runs every night from dusk to dawn. It is open to any member of the university community. Riders can call (502) 852-6111 to be picked up.

"This van is such a great idea, and it's such an attribute to our campus," said Ashley Benton, a freshman at U of L. "Personally, I didn't know about the van until after these events, but knowing about it now definitely makes me feel more safe."

The university also has an app where students can put in where they are traveling and how long it will take them to get there. If they don't make it in time, the phone will connect them directly with university police.

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