U-Pass receives award for innovation, success

The University’s new U-Pass program that provides students and staff with a discounted city bus pass was honored Tuesday at the 10th Annual Commuter Choice Awards.
The awards program, sponsored by the Metro Commuter Services, recognized the bus-pass program for its “innovation, win-win partnerships and notable success in positively impacting the transportation patterns of students,” according to a prepared statement.
“If we’re going to preserve our environment and keep our cities growing and moving into the twenty-second century, future generations will need to find better ways of commuting,” said Bob Baker, director of University Parking and Transportation Services in a prepared statement.
The program was funded by a $5.5 million federal grant and launched in August.
According to University figures, the program has increased bus ridership among students and staff by 32 percent.

— Staff Reports