Back to School with College Commuters

Can you feel it? Central Texas is alive with college students!  The hustle and bustle of back to school is here and so is the increase in traffic and congestion.  With the large amount of universities and colleges in our region it is hard not to notice the longer commute times that come with the new school year.  Forget the math test!  Getting to and from school can be the biggest challenge of the day, not to mention searching for a parking space and getting to class on time.  There are a lot of options to get around with or without a car.  It doesn’t matter if you are a Longhorn, Bobcat, Riverbat, or a Topper, getting to class in a green way will put you at the head of your class!  Here are a few ways to get you to campus or to the big game, while reducing congestion and helping our air quality.

The University of Texas wants to get Longhorns moving.  Students, faculty, staff and visitors can catch a UT Shuttle, which offers 13 routes to campus.  Students can also hop on one of the many Capital Metro bus routes that serve the University.  In its efforts to reduce traffic congestion, UT offers a number of benefits to students and faculty that want to carpool or vanpool.  Not only is it good for the environment, but you can receive a reserved carpool or vanpool space, a reduced permit fee, as well as a UT Share Pass (garage debit card).  If you want to live a carefree car-free life, try out a Zipcar!  For a small membership fee, you can borrow a Zipcar and enjoy a fun, affordable way to get around.  These programs are offered to help save you money, time and improve the environment.

With over 45,000 students, the Austin Community College Riverbats can swipe their way to a greener commute!  The Green Pass Program provides credit students, faculty and staff with Capital Metro bus passes.  Drive clean, park close is ACC’s motto when it comes to green cars.  Students and their fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicle could be eligible for the Green Car preferred parking spaces.  ACC is also ready for the wave of the future and offers electric vehicle charging stations at certain campuses.

Calling all Bobcats! Catch the Texas State Bobcat Tram shuttle.  Students, faculty, staff and visitors can get around campus with ease and leave the car at home.  For commuters, the Bobcat Tram Interurban route provides service for students and the general public between Austin and San Antonio, making stops in Kyle, San Marcos, and New Braunfels. Through this service, you can also catch a connection to Capital Metro serving Austin and VIA serving San Antonio.  It’s a good time to enjoy the ride and finish up that last-minute homework.

It’s time to shift gears and grab your bike!  If you are at UT, check out The Kickstand, which is the new university bike hub.  You can register your bike, pump up your tires, and even purchase bike supplies.  Bobcat fans can stop by Texas State’s The Bike Cave – A Bicycle Cooperative.  Students can tune up or repair their bikes and there is even a cave tech on site to help with self-repair of your bicycle.  If you want to go multimodal, all UT and Texas State buses are bike-friendly and have bike racks on the front of the bus.

This semester find your commute solution through carpooling, bicycling, walking, transit and vanpooling.  It is good for the air and can save you money, time and stress.  To learn more, visit your college or university’s website and explore the options.

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