SPC and TBARTA announce carpooling partnership

February 10, 2011 at 6:43 am Leave a comment

St Petersburg College’s Office for Sustainability today announced a partnership with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority/ (TBARTA) to allow students, faculty and staff to conserve and cut commuting costs.

TBARTA’s Commuter Services program provides regional commuter assistance programs and services, and promotes commuter options, such as ridesharing, and Emergency Ride Home.

“This partnership offers countless benefits to participants, community, and environment,” said Jason Green, SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator. “The participants benefit through fuel cost and maintenance savings, a potentially less stressful commute, and the opportunity to meet new people.  The community benefits since each carpool removes at least one car from the road, resulting in less strain on our roadways. The environment benefits through decreased greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air.” For the average commuter in the program, TBARTA Commuter Services eliminates more than 350 trips a year and saves more than 200 gallons of gas and $1,500 in transportation costs.

The intent of the partnership is to provide TBARTA’s computerized rideshare matching services to SPC’s population. TBARTA uses it’s rideshare database to develop matches for each registered SPC student and faculty/staff member. The rideshare website allows students to be matched with other students, providing segregation from faculty/staff participants.

Additionally, registered participants who use a commute option other than driving alone at least two days per week are eligible for up to eight free annual taxi rides home from campus.

Participants can register at http://www.tampabayrideshare.org by clicking “Online Ridesharing” or calling 1-800-998-RIDE (7433).

To learn more about SPC’s Office for Sustainability, visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability and TBARTA at http://www.tbarta.com.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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