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October 24, 2012

Alternative Transportation Expo to highlight campus travel options

Green Week transportation

CityBus maintains a variety of routes on campus to facilitate sustainable transportation. (Purdue University photo/Physical Facilities Communications)
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Recent enhancements to the variety and availability of sustainable transportation options are visible throughout campus and will be highlighted today (Oct. 24) at the Alternative Transportation Expo, which marks Green Week’s focus on alternative transportation.

In response to increased demand, Parking Services, a department within Physical Facilities, has added more electric vehicle (EV) charging locations to bring the campus total to four.

Each charging station has two parking spots. In order to accommodate as many electric vehicles as possible, motorists are asked to park in designated EV parking spots only while they are charging their vehicle.

Beginning Nov. 1, Parking Services will issue EV permits to be used in conjunction with a valid Purdue parking permit. The charging stations can be found near the main academic campus. A map of charging stations is available at www.purdue.edu/pat/mainnav/parking/chargingstation.htm

For those who drive to work and park on the periphery of campus, Physical Facilities continues to work with CityBus to design routes that are helpful to faculty, staff and students who opt to "park and ride."

For example, more parking spaces have been made available on the south end of campus with the addition of the Discovery Park Parking Lot southwest of the Harrison Street roundabout and with the addition of the parking lot at the corner of Ahlers Drive and South Russell Street.

Popular CityBus campus routes include the 19 Inner Loop, which operates weekdays year-round and allows access to the central part of campus for those who park in the Discovery Park lot. Another popular route, 24 Ahlers Drive, provides access to some of the areas south of State Street on weekdays.

The 24 Ahlers Drive route stops at the Discovery Park lot and at the parking lot at the corner of South Russell Drive and Ahlers Drive. For a complete list of campus CityBus routes, visit www.gocitybus.com/campusloops.html.

Introduced during Green Week last year, Zipcar continues to be a non-business transportation option for those on campus without a vehicle. Zipcar incorporates car sharing -- an alternative to car ownership that provides users with cars as needed.

Zipcar vehicles are available on demand. Gas, insurance, maintenance and 180 miles per day are included in every reservation. Reservations start at $7.50 per hour, or $69 per day. Purdue students, faculty and staff can sign up for ZipCar for $35 per year and get a $35 driving credit to use during the first month of membership.

A total of six Zipcars currently are available on campus: two are located at Shreve Hall, two at Grissom Hall, one at the Life Science Plant and Soils Laboratory, and one at the Black Cultural Center.

Those who would like to purchase a Zipcar membership can sign up at the Zipcar booth during the Alternate Transportation Expo. The expo takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today on Centennial, Purdue and Stadium malls. Sign-up is available also at www.zipcar.com/purdue.

Writer: Rebecca Terry, 49-46916, rlterry@purdue.edu