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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