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PTS offers several commuting options for students, faculty, and staff.

Parking and Transportation Services Awarded the “Way to Go” Employer Award

The University of Colorado Boulder Parking and Transportation Services department recently received the "Way to Go Employer Champion Award" from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). The gala 60th anniversary and awards celebration at the Denver Performing Arts Center started off with an address from Governor Hickenlooper and was attended by 450 celebrants from across the metro-area. The university was nominated by former Boulder Mayor Will Toor for developing and implementing a creative new employee vanpooling initiative which includes:

* Simplified pricing: $50/vanpooler/month

* Payroll deduction, made possible by simplified fares

* Pre-tax payment option further reducing cost

* No-cost parking permit for vans, eliminating parking fee collection and reducing cost

* One no-cost parking permit per month and up to three discounted parking permits per month

Rolling out the initial program, CU Parking and Transportation Services, working with Way-to-Go, 36 Commuting Solutions and the City of Boulder, has organized eight new vanpools serving the CU-Boulder campus in the last six months.

Faculty and staff members wanting to learn more about vanpooling may e-mail Greg Anthony at the Way to Go program: There may be a van with an open seat for you, if not he will assist you with getting a new vanpool started. Vanpooling now costs less than a parking permit.

Additionally CU-Boulder garnered the top award for “Local Government” for its supporting role in the City of Boulder 2014 Transportation Master Plan. University staff participating in the Master Plan were David Cook, Ph.D (Parking and Transportation Services), Brandon Smith (Environmental Center) and Richelle Reilly (Facilities Management Planning).

DRCOG further recognized CU Boulder for encouraging faculty, staff and students to choose commuting options that are healthier, more affordable and improve traffic congestion and air quality, noting that the campus:

* Has over 13,000 bike parking spaces (more bike parking than car parking!)

* Provides covered bike parking at all major residence hall areas

* Recently built a covered and secure bike parking facility at the UMC

* Provides fully subsidized RTD Eco Passes to 8,300 employees

* Has all 30,000 students buy RTD College Passes through their student government

* Is promoting carpooling through the Way to Go website

* Provides a Guaranteed Ride Home program for employees

* Supports flex scheduling and teleworking where appropriate and approved

* Has been a participant in Bike to Work Day for 30+ years

Congratulations to our CU-Boulder colleagues.