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ACC Approves Extension of Capital Metro Bus Pass Program

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees has approved a new agreement that will allow students and employees to continue to use Capital Metro service through the college’s Green Pass program.

ACC launched the pilot version of Green Pass in spring 2010. Funded through the student sustainability fee ($1 per credit hour) and employee parking permit fees, Green Pass provides Capital Metro passes to credit students, faculty, and staff at no additional cost.

The agreement approved Monday night extends Green Pass from January 1, 2011, through August 31, 2012. ACC will pay an initial $500,000 for the 20-month term; Capital Metro will charge ACC a discounted rate of 50 cents per ride. (Full fares will be charged for use of MetroAccess service for riders with disabilities.)

“Green Pass is a win for everyone involved,” says Ben Ferrell, ACC’s executive vice president of finance and administration. “It helps students get to class, eases parking congestion at ACC campuses, and reduces the college’s impact on the environment.”

Green Pass holders took more than 87,000 rides in September, with an expected total of 700,000 rides in 2010. Bus riders are required to swipe their Green Passes in the fare box and show an ACC ID while boarding; MetroRail riders must insert their Green Passes into the ticket validator and show an ACC ID when prompted by fare inspectors.

The Capital Metro Board of Directors approved the new agreement on October 25.

“The success of the Green Pass program demonstrates the benefits of transit partnerships,” says Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro president/CEO. “This mutually beneficial arrangement helps reduce vehicles on the road, improves our air quality, and provides a great benefit to hardworking college students, faculty, and staff.”

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16 Responses to “ACC Approves Extension of Capital Metro Bus Pass Program”

  1. erin says:

    The Green pass is a great program and saves me the hassle from buying a monthly bus pass. this program is great and I hope that ACC can continue to keep the Green Pass going for a lot longer.

  2. gregory says:

    i have been going to ACC for about a year now and i have been using the greenpass to get from one campus to the other and it has saved me a lot. i’m very thankful for this program.

  3. Nurse1210 says:

    I use the Green Pass to get from Leander to Brackenridge Hospital. It gives me an extra hour to do homework or read a chapter while commuting. I love it and wouldn’t mind paying the CapMetro proposed student discounted fare of $15/month; it’s still way less expensive than driving the commute.

    I would like the green pass to count as my ACC parking pass for the rare occasion I have to drive to a campus and park for a test or mandatory meeting. Thanks!

    Since the program is new-ish, could it be part of orientation so students know it is a real opportunity that is a win-win all around?

  4. Adrea says:

    I am a huge advocate for the Green Pass and use it every day! It’s a shame that we will have to start paying 50 cents a ride beginning next semester.

    If more folks would take advantage of the bus, it would help alleviate a lot of the parking issues for those who live too far out and feel that there is no other option but to drive. However, additional park-and-ride services would also help out with that.

    • mreyes says:

      Hi Adrea, there is no charge to ACC students using the bus pass – the 50 cents mentioned is the reimbursement rate agreement between the college and Capital Metro.

  5. Mayra Mendoza says:

    Thank you!!!!!

  6. ACC Staff says:

    Louie, Green Pass is funded through the student sustainability fee ($1 per credit hour) and employee parking permit fees. Students and employees may obtain a Green Pass at no additional cost.

  7. ACC Staff says:

    Pam and Celeste, ACC Green Passes are available at any campus cashier office. Spring 2011 passes are valid from January 3 to May 22; students and employees may pick up their spring passes beginning January 3. Fall passes are still available. To find your campus cashier office, see http://www.austincc.edu/busdept/cashier.

  8. pam spooner says:

    I have always picked up my pass at the Cashier’s office, not the Registrar’s. Are they available at both? staff needs this info because we get asked all the time. thanks

  9. mary says:

    I am so happy to hear it has been extended
    I have not driven to school once in the past year thanks to the passes
    thanks for finally getting a deal

  10. Louie says:

    So the new green pass will charge ACC students 50 cents?

  11. mreyes says:

    RJ, adjuncts are eligible for the Green Pass but not hourly employees. Check out the Green Pass website at http://www.austincc.edu/sustainability/greenpass.php for information before next semester.

  12. RJ says:

    Will adjunct faculty and hourly employees be able to use the Green Pass?

  13. franklin says:

    @Celeste

    The past few semesters they’ve been available at the registrar’s office at any campus around a week before the semester starts.

  14. Joe Culver says:

    Many of us live outside of Austin and so the green pass is useless. I have to drive and I want ACC to address parking issues for students like myself that have no other option but to drive our personal vehicle.

  15. Celeste says:

    Any word on when the passes for 2011-2012 will be available and how/where credit students should pick them up?