Unique transportation benefits available for employees

Employees who don’t buy an annual parking permit are eligible for some unique transportation benefits through the university, designed to encourage the use of alternative transportation.keys in car door Flexible parking pass options Employees who don’t purchase an annual permit have several options. Employees without an annual permit get a discounted rate on daily scratch off parking passes. The Commuter Pack is comprised of ten scratch off passes and is available for $90 (buy 9, get one free). Even if you usually bike, bus, or carpool, you still might need to park a few times per year. Purchase a 10-pack of daily hangtag parking passes to cover your drive. For more information, call Parking Services at 970-491-7041. Monthly parking passes are also available, and can be especially handy in winter months for employees who may otherwise ride a bike or transit. These permits are $61 a month. Emergency Ride Home Emergency Ride Home is your assurance that you can get a ride home if you have taken alternative transportation to Colorado State University. Emergency Ride Home is funded by Parking and Transportation Services. It’s available to employees who need to get home and:

  • Do not have a parking permit with Parking and Transportation Services.
  • Use alternative transportation other than their personal vehicle the day of the Emergency Ride Home request.
An employee can use this service two times per fiscal year. It provides a free taxi ride home or the free check-out a Zipcar (free membership required) to get home in an emergency. Short term rental cars on campus Need to run an errand at lunch? Colorado State University has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. Zipcars are available to students and employees, and are parked across campus for pick up; once you’re done with the Zipcar, you return it to the same spot. More info    

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Test drive electric vehicle

Drive Electric Northern Colorado, CSU Parking and Transportation Services, and local dealerships are offering an innovative chance for CSU staff and faculty to get behind the wheel of plug-in electric vehicles to learn about the cost savings, environmental benefits, and national security benefits of driving electric. the event, from 11 a.m.-2p.m., Wednesday, January 14, will be on University Avenue in front of the Plant Sciences building. Drive Electric Northern Colorado, a partnership of Colorado State University and the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in the Northern Colorado region. The chance to test drive an electric vehicle through the partnership's Ride-and-Drive program is free to all CSU faculty and staff. The Ride-and-Drive event combines the opportunity for CSU faculty and staff to learn about how plug in electric vehicles s are cleaner, greener, cheaper, and fun to drive while putting them behind the wheel of today’s latest vehicle technology. “CSU strongly supports our campus community driving electric vehicles and we’ve installed 10 charging points on campus to date. As one of the country’s leading green universities, we care about doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support innovative technology in electriv vehicles,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for Operations, after test driving a Chevy Volt. Up to eight electric vehicle models will be available to test drive, and may include the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Electric, and the Tesla Model S. At this event, current electric vehilcle owners will ride with each driver to explain the vehicle and about their experience owning an electric vehicle. Drive Electric staff will be present at the event to help attendees learn about federal and state tax credits (up to $13,500) available for purchasing or leasing an electric vehile, and how using electricity instead of gasoline can save consumers thousands of dollars in yearly operating costs. CSU now has 10 charging stations throughout campus where, as a faculty or staff member, you can charge daily for free.    

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RamGuards, RamBassadors enhance safety and education

Commuting to or around CSU, you might have noticed a new addition to various intersections and on-campus locations. The RamGuards and RamBassadors are two new programs, introduced this fall, designed to provide peer-to-peer education about traffic laws and promote a safe commuting environment for students, employees and visitors. RamGuards keep campus intersections safe Campus Safety Officers, who are students trained by CSU police, help move bicyclists, pedestrians, longboarders and motor vehicles safely across campus. These crossing guards direct traffic in selected, high traffic intersections to promote safety and reduce opportunities for conflict and accidents at intersections where bicycle and pedestrian traffic outnumbers vehicles.Colorado State University Ramguards RamGuards are stationed at the intersections of Lake and Center, Pitkin and Meridian, and South and Meridian during peak hours of traffic flow across campus. RamBassadors help navigate across campus RamBassadors are trained students who provide in-person education at 45 campus locations to students, employees and visitors about navigating their way across campus. They focus on reminding students, faculty, staff and visitors about safety when commuting to or on campus, such as slowing down when approaching busy areas, and using the proper bike or pedestrian lane. They also share helpful tips to avoid violating CSU transportation laws and regulations. RamBassadors were developed to help encourage safety and reduce the number of accidents or collisions among bikers, pedestrians and longboarders on campus. In addition to providing in-person education on campus, RamBassadors also gather data about bike rack capacities and the number of bikes, pedestrians and longboarders traveling through their assigned location for the day. That information is shared with Parking and Transportation Services to help inform decisions about bike rack placement and safety on campus. “The RamGuards and RamBassadors programs have started out strong and encourage the CSU community to have patience in the program’s start-up phase while they become a vital asset to commuter safety,” said Aaron Fodge, CSU’s alternative transportation manager.

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