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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
“Due to the demand of parking spaces, these programs offer students, faculty, and staff a fun and easy way to save money and help reduce the University’s carbon footprint,” says Tony Green, manager of transportation demand management and transportation services.
Here’s a glimpse of what PTS has to offer:
For those who ride to school/work, the University offers a secured bike cage located on the first floor of the Pratt Street Garage.
This rideshare program is designed to save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. All participants must carpool at least four times per week and share one parking permit with a designated driver, and carpools should be comprised of three or more riders.
“Not only would our parking costs be cut in half, but there were other incentives such as free movie passes and car washes. We made it our New Year’s resolution to sign up,” says Marron.
Other benefits include courtesy parking passes, special UMCommuterPOOL parking spaces, and other free giveaways.
“We were happy to save money and help the environment by taking one more car off the road,” says Marron. “It’s also nice to have company on the ride to and from work.”
“I have been using the University’s charging stations since I purchased my all-electric Tesla S,” says Robert Percival, JD, MA, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program at the Francis King Carey School of Law. “By offering this service, the University made it practical for me to buy an all-electric vehicle, which has slashed the carbon footprint of my daily commute from Washington, D.C.”
Likewise, Nevins Todd, MD, associate professor at the School of Medicine, who has been using the service for the past three months, says, “I charge my Toyota Prius and feel this service benefits the University because it is better for the environment and the country as a whole.”
Guaranteed Ride Home, sponsored by Commuter Connections, provides commuters who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, or take public transportation with a free and reliable ride home up to four times per year.
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)-certified vehicles may park in LEFE spaces reserved at any of the following University garages: Baltimore Grand, Pearl Street, Penn Street, Pratt Street, and Saratoga Street.
The UM shuttle transports University students, faculty, and staff, and University of Maryland Medical Center employees to and from the University fare-free, traveling to neighborhoods such as Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, and the BioPark. For more details about riders’ responses at the focus group sessions in April, click here [LINK].
In partnership with the University, Zimride offers you the opportunity to find or share rides for your daily commute or weekend trip.
“I commute from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,” says School of Social Work student Catherine Moon, MSW, LSW. “I signed up for Zimride because I think it’s a neat idea. I’m still looking for riders to share my commute.”
by Tracy Gnadinger