LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2020) — There’s never been a better time to consider going car-free on the University of Kentucky campus. One of the many benefits — aside from cost savings and potential health perks — is the ability to participate in Commute Club, a program that rewards students and employees for making a one-year, car-free commitment.
Applications for the 2020 Commute Club opened Monday, May 11, and the deadline to apply for this free program is Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Commute Club is offered through UK Transportation Services. Its goal is to reduce campus parking demand and traffic congestion and to support sustainable transportation options. Members agree to forego purchasing a regular vehicle parking permit for one fiscal year, although they still have access to a limited number of single-day permits for occasional use.
Membership is open to students and employees and benefits vary based upon the group. Some of the benefits include:
- Zipcar (car sharing) membership and credits.
- Guaranteed Ride program, which offers a limited number of reimbursements for taxi and ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.
- Ability to purchase up to 50 single-day parking permits.
- Ability to participate in a Commuter Rewards Program, allowing members to earn points for each emissions-friendly commute they log and redeem those points for prizes on an annual basis.
Applicants who apply now will be notified of their status in the club in June. Club benefits will begin on July 1.
Read more about Commute Club and apply online here.
UK Transportation Services offers a wide array of alternative transportation options, including the Bike Voucher Program, the Cash Out Program and the Big Blue Cycles fleet for residential students. These programs are designed to support multi-modal transportation by helping individuals make a change in their routine.
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