Austin Community College’s Green Pass program has proven to be a success. Just last month, Green Pass riders made 87,000 trips on Capital Metro buses for a total of 513,510 trips since the beginning of the year.
That success is leading to a continuation of the partnership between Capital Metro and ACC. Yesterday, our board of directors approved a new interlocal agreement with ACC that will allow their students, faculty and staff to continue riding Capital Metro services for free until the end of August 2012. The ACC board of trustees is expected to approve the agreement at their next meeting on Nov. 1.
The terms of the agreement: ACC will pay $500,000 initially to cover a 20-month term, from Jan. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2011. ACC will pay Capital Metro on a “per ride” basis, up to the full $500,000 (50 cents per ride on MetroRail, MetroBus and MetroExpress; full fare for MetroAccess).
The Green Pass program began in January of this year as a pilot project. It is just one of ACC’s initiatives to becoming a leader in sustainability. You can learn more about the Green Pass here.
Being environmentally conscious is just as important to Capital Metro. We’re happy to be a part of local efforts to improving our air quality. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.