Sustainable transportation initiatives represent a major part of ACC's quest to reduce its environmental footprint. Alternative transportation also helps ease parking congestion at the college's campuses. Here are some ideas:
- Take the bus
In January 2010, ACC began offering Green Pass, a pilot program to provide free Capital Metro passes to ACC credit students and employees. Plan your trip here.
- Share your ride
It's no secret that ACC parking lots are at capacity. Free up spaces while saving money and helping the environment by carpooling to your ACC Campus. You can also register with myCommute Solutions to find other ACC carpoolers!
- Use Human Power - Bike to ACC
It's fun, it's exercise, and it's green! Every ACC campus has bike racks. For route info, visit the City of Austin's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpage for a map of the city's bike lanes and paths, which are color-coded for ease of use.
- Drive Clean
If you drive a fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicle, you could be eligible to park in a limited number of new preferred parking spots at each ACC campus. And remember, it's always cool to carpool!
- Know your Options
RideScout is a free iPhone application that puts all of Austin's ground transportation options right at your fingertips. Simply select your destination and RideScout displays all of the ride options that get you there, on-demand. The app currently displays information on Austin buses, trains, Car2Go, taxis, pedicabs, electric cabs, and peer-to-peer rides, sorted by both cost and time. RideScout can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store.
- Commute Solutions
The Commute Solutions website provides information on carpooling, bicycling, teleworking, transit, and more! The site also offers a Commute Cost Calculator and a real-time view of current traffic conditions.
Air Quality Tips from Clean Air Force of Central Texas:
- Limit driving and delay errands. For short trips consider riding a bicycle or walking. Other options include carpooling, vanpooling, working at home, teleconferencing.
- Ride the bus-Plan your trip here http://www.capmetro.org/riding/tripplanner.asp
- Don't let engines idle unnecessarily. When you can, avoid drive-through services.
- Minimize "cold starts" by combining trips. Emission levels are highest when vehicles are first started.
- Postpone refueling your car until after 5:00 p.m. on hot, sunny days. This reduces the time that escaping fumes have to "cook" during the heat of the day and form ozone.
- Don't overfill or "top off" the gas tank. The refueling process releases ozone-producing fumes. Check to see that the gas cap fits tightly.
- Be sure that gasoline engines (including boats and mowers) are properly tuned and maintained. Ask that the catalytic converter on your vehicle be inspected for proper function.
- Avoid traffic congestion. Whenever possible, drive during off-peak hours.
- Avoid driving for your lunch break. Take a lunch to work or walk to lunch.