University

Texas college to pilot free bus pass program

Posted on October 12, 2009

The Austin (Texas) Community College (ACC) District Board of Trustees voted to approve a pilot program that will provide free Capital Metro bus passes to ACC students, faculty, and staff (pending approval by Capital Metro’s Board of Directors). The initiative, called “Green Pass,” is intended to help students get to class, ease parking congestion, and reduce ACC’s carbon footprint while gathering important ridership data.

In an agreement reached with Capital Metro, the college will be charged a discount rate per ride. The goal of the pilot program is to collect ridership data, gauge interest in free use of mass transit and assess the need for new routes.

“This is just one example of our commitment to minimizing ACC’s impact on the environment,” says Andy Kim, the college’s director of environmental stewardship.

ACC will launch the Green Pass effort for the spring 2010 semester. Beginning in January, the college will issue Capital Metro passes to students, faculty, and staff, who can use bus service (and rail service, when it comes online) at no cost to them.

“This new ridership program will benefit not only the students, but the environment as well, and ACC students are always trying to find new and innovative ways to improve life using green practices,” says Joshua Bacak, president of the college’s Student Government Association.

The initial cost of the program will be $250,000, covered by funds from the parking fee increase that went into effect this fall.

Visit austincc.edu/sustainability for more information on Green Pass and other ACC sustainability initiatives.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

CCW wins university refurb contract

By purchasing remanufactured buses, including a two-door, 60-foot articulated bus and two 40-foot buses, Liberty University will receive fully renovated buses in like-new condition for less than half the cost.

U. of Cincinnati partners to provide senior transportation

The program, Driving Community Connections, is supported by the Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Board of Regents. UC students who volunteer can take a one credit hour online elective course to learn more about the aging process.

Report: U. of Wisconsin students choose to walk

The University of Wisconsin's 2014 biennial transportation survey report released last month found that in good weather 49% of students opted to walk to class, 22% chose to bike and 18% elected to take the bus. The report also found that about one-fifth of students currently use Madison Metro on a given day.

AC Transit testing double-deck on route to Stanford

Reports have so far been positive from riders on the 54-minute trip, which features views of San Jose and San Francisco. AC Transit is testing the $800,000 bus to see how customers like it

U. New Mexico citations help fund fleet maintenance

While citations make up 10% of the Parking and Transportation Services annual revenue, the majority of the revenue comes from permit sales, which, combined, goes back into the department.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

Please sign in or register to .    Close