Capital Metro will begin offering bus service to ACC’s Cypress Creek Campus Tuesday, January 25, 2011. The ACC Board of Trustees approved an agreement Monday night to establish a Capital Metro stop at the campus on a pilot basis.
The stop will create access to the Capital Metro system from Cypress Creek Campus through Route 214 (Northwest Flex), providing service from Lago Vista and Jonestown to the campus in Cedar Park. Other nearby stops include Lakeline Station and points close to Lakeline Mall. (Click here for a route map and schedule.)
“There is a natural fit between transit and educational institutions,” says Linda S. Watson, Capital Metro president/CEO. “This partnership with Austin Community College will allow Capital Metro to provide convenient transportation options to a campus in a part of central Texas where congestion is increasing rapidly.”
The route is eligible for ACC’s Green Pass program, which provides access to Capital Metro service for credit students, faculty, and staff at no additional cost.
“We are excited Cypress Creek Campus will now experience direct benefits from Green Pass,” says Andy Kim, ACC’s director of environmental stewardship. “Green Pass and this new stop will help students get to class, ease parking congestion, and reduce ACC’s impact on the environment.”
The Cypress Creek stop will be located in front of building 1000. The agreement covers one year of service and will be reviewed mid-year; ACC will pay Capital Metro a fee of $19,224.97, which will be funded through the college’s student sustainability fee ($1 per credit hour). The Capital Metro Board of Directors will formally vote on the agreement in February.
“This is an excellent investment,” says Kim. “It is a win for everyone, allowing us to increase accessibility for our students while decreasing our carbon footprint.”
ACC instituted the Green Pass program in January 2010. Last year, Green Pass holders took nearly 766,000 rides. For more information on the program and to learn how to get a Green Pass, click here.
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