University

U. Nebraska-Omaha expands Metro Transit ridership program

Posted on December 21, 2015

University of Nebraska-Omaha
 
University of Nebraska-Omaha
 

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students, staff and faculty will be able to use their university ID as a Metro Transit bus pass.

The expansion of UNO’s popular MavRide program will provide bus access to more than 15,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff. No special activation will be required for those wanting to use their MavCARD; instead, passengers will only need to swipe their card to ride.

Metro will accept MavCARDs belonging to all faculty, staff and active students at any time buses are running (with this change, MavRide will now cover Sundays and time between semesters). Students are considered active if they are currently taking classes or registered for the upcoming semester.

MavRide is an initiative started by Student Government that, in partnership with Metro Transit, has provided a set number of physical bus passes to students on request since 2011. In January 2015, the program expanded with funding from UNO Parking Services, allowing faculty and staff to activate their MavCARDs as bus passes.

All told, Metro has provided more than 266,000 rides to UNO students, staff and faculty participating in the program. The upcoming MavRide expansion is jointly funded  by UNO’s Student Government and UNO Parking Services, with existing funds from their current budgets.

Emergency Ride Home
Students, staff or faculty who plan to start busing to campus can take advantage of the Emergency Ride Home program, which offers free taxi service in the event of an unexpected emergency for registered commuters who travel to UNO by bus (MavRide), ride share (Zimride), bike or walk to campus.

A Leader in Sustainability
The 2016 MavRide expansion marks a major step forward in following the recommendations laid out in UNO’s Sustainability Master Plan. The document, announced in early 2015, identifies ways to implement new policies and programs that are environmentally friendly, socially responsible and financially feasible.

The announcement also comes less than two months after another significant development: the hiring of UNO’s first Sustainability Coordinator, Sarah Burke, who will facilitate the implementation of the Sustainability Master Plan and help support sustainability-based programs, events, and research activities.

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

More News

UCLA uses AI to improve curb safety

UCLA partnered with VIMOC Technologies to optimize curb space for efficiency and safety in the university's Gateway Plaza loop.

UCLA orders Motiv-powered all-electric shuttle bus

Developed in partnership with Commercial Fleet Financing, the shuttle bus is projected to be delivered in early 2018.

U. of Mich. shuttle expands to daily service

Bus stops will include the Central Campus Transit Center in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Detroit Center, and for the first time, University of Michigan-Dearborn.

American spending on transportation drops by 11.3% since 1989

While transportation costs accounted for the second-largest household budget category behind housing expenses in both 1989 and 2016, transportation expenditures relative to housing costs declined from 61.6% in 1989 to 47.9% last year.

Texas A&M studies AI to improve transport for riders with mobility challenges

The effort examined how to integrate IBM Watson’s natural language interface with the Texas A&M Engineering Program’s autonomous shuttle.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close