The Austin Community College District is preparing to introduce Green Pass, a new pilot initiative that will provide free Capital Metro bus passes to ACC credit students, faculty, and staff. Green Passes are available for pickup beginning January 4, 2010 at any campus cashier’s office. You can start using your pass on January 5 (students must be registered for spring 2010 and have paid full tuition or set up a payment plan).
“This is one easy way students and employees can help ACC reduce its impact on the environment,” says Andy Kim, the college’s director of environmental stewardship. “The Green Pass program will also help students get to class, ease parking congestion, and gather important ridership data. It’s a win-win for the college and our students, faculty, and staff.”
In an agreement reached with Capital Metro, the college will be charged a discount rate per ride. ACC students and employees can use bus service (and rail service, when it comes online) at no cost to them. The goal of the pilot program is to collect ridership data, gauge interest in free use of mass transit, and assess the need for new routes.
“This new ridership program will benefit not only the students, but the environment as well, and ACC students are always trying to find new and innovative ways to improve life using green practices,” says Joshua Bacak, president of the college’s Student Government Association.
The spring 2010 Green Pass may be used through May 31.Back to Top