With rising gas prices, limited parking and record enrollment this semester, riding Capital Metro is an easy choice for many students, faculty and staff at Austin Community College.
In March, there were 107,830 bus and rail trips made by ACC Green Pass riders. That’s a whopping 290 percent increase in ridership since the program began a little over a year ago.
“The phenomenal ridership from the Green Pass program continues to demonstrate the successful partnership between Capital Metro and ACC,” said Capital Metro President/CEO Linda S. Watson. “As enrollment rises and the college expands, we look forward to providing quality transit to even more students, faculty and staff.”
The program allows ACC students, faculty and staff to ride Capital Metro at no additional cost with the Green Pass. The program is funded through the sustainability fee included in ACC’s tuition. The college pays Capital Metro 50 cents per ride for bus and rail trips and the full cost of MetroAccess services.
The program began as a pilot project in January 2010 and proved to be very successful. Last fall, the agreement was renewed and the program will continue through August 2012.
Green Passes are available to all credit students, faculty or staff members and can be picked up at any campus cashier’s office. Spring semester passes are valid through May 22, 2011.
It’s also important to remember: riders are required to swipe their Green Pass in the farebox when boarding Capital Metro buses. MetroRail riders must insert their Green Pass into the ticket validator at the rail stations and be prepared to present their ACC ID when prompted by fare inspectors.
For more information about the Green Pass program, visit http://www.austincc.edu/sustainability/greenpass.php.
Thanks for riding!