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Carpooling became easier at Santa Clara thanks to Zimride. The University partnered with the social network website for ridesharing in the fall of 2011. The site connects Santa Clara University students, faculty, and staff with each other so they can request or offer rides. The service helps reduce the number of single occupancy cars coming to campus, which will ultimately reduce the University's carbon footprint. Visit www.zimride.scu.edu and register with your scu.edu email address.
Santa Clara has partnered with Zipcar to expand transportation opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members. After enrolling in the program on Zipcarʻs web site, participants can choose to reserve a Toyota Prius, Scion xB, or Honda Insight. Most vehicles are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are five vehicles located in the Mission lot and eight located in the Accolti lot. Visit Santa Clara's Zipcar page for more information.
SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons. Each carpool will receive five daily parking passes per month for participants’ use during the month of issuance, and must be validated on day of use by Campus Safety at the University’s Main Gate. See the Transportation Services site for the latest information and to register for this benefit program. To start or join an existing carpool, visit Ridematch, a free service of 511.org.
Many students, faculty, and staff use bicycles as a convenient way to get to SCU. Bicycle racks are located throughout campus, as well as a couple fix-it stations. The SCU Bicycle Commuter Program provides an incentive for persons to bicycle to work in support of the University's sustainability goals. Participants must reside more than 1.5 miles from campus. Learn more about bicycle security or view an interactive bikeways map for Santa Clara County.
SCU provides public electric vehicle charging stations on campus. These stations are free for campus parking permit holders or cost $1.00 per hour for all other users with a maximum charge of $6.00. The stations were installed as part of a grant, and they fill a gap as the nearest stations are at the SJC airport, downtown San Jose, and along the peninsula. Users registered with the ChargePoint Network can see available charging stations online.
SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. To encourage employee use of public transportation, Santa Clara University offers transit tickets at substantially reduced rates for faculty and staff. Learn more about this employee benefit.
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Change Up Your Commute
SCU offers a variety of transportation programs that enable the community to more easily opt for alternative and sustainable forms of transportation, including new services like bike-sharing and half-price train tickets for campus users.
Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Rail Ticket Discounts: The Altamont Corridor Express Rail is California’s newster commuter train service, linking the Central Valley with the Silicon Valley using existing rails. SCU Transportation Services recently negotiated with the service company to issue monthly tickets and 20-ride tickets for faculty, staff, and students at at 50% discount. Tickets will be available for purchase this fall.
Bike-Share: The 2014-15 academic year marks the pilot year for the new campus bike-sharing program with a company called Zagster. The campus will start with 10 bikes in the Fall Quarter. Riders in the program can unlock, ride, and return any bike with their mobile phones, using an app or text message. The campus locations of the Zagster bike docks are still being determined and all program details will be released soon through the Transportation Services website and the Center for Sustainability’s social media channels.
With bikes to share across campus, riders will not need to invest in a personal bike they might not consistently use throughout the year. In the past, a number of student bikes have been deserted at the end of the school year. These bikes are held onto for 90 days by Campus Safety and Transportation Services, then donated to local charities. The introduction of a bike-share aims to cut down on the amount of abandoned bikes, according to SCU Transportation Services Manager, Millie Kenney.
Derozap: Derozap is a bicycle commuter program that encourages faculty and staff to ride their bikes to work. Individuals registered in the program receive a zap tag which they scan, or “zap in” when arriving to campus. The two Zap Stations are located at the main gate kiosk and on the southeast corner of the campus bookstore. Registering as part of the Derozap systems allows riders to track accrued points, miles ridden, calories burned, gallons of gas saved, etc. The accrued points are redeemable for an emergency parking permits for the future. (One day on a bike equals one point. Five points gets you a day pass.) Register for this SCU Bicycle Commuter Program.
ChargePoint: There are 11 ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around campus for SCU employees, students, and visitors, with 3 stations in Loyola Hall. Their exact locations can be found on this campus ChargePoint Map. Users are billed at $1/hour and the stations are equipped to accept major credit cards. If an EV owner is also an SCU permit holder, then that individual may receive some free charging time. Register with the ChargePoint program at SCU and find off-campus ChargePoint locations to plug in and recharge by visiting the ChargePoint page on the Transportation Services site.
Zimride: Zimride, established on campus in 2011, is an SCU private, ride-sharing social network. When users sign up, they can post their commute details such as SCU affiliation, destination, split gas costs, requests for rides, or car seat availability. This network allows for a Facebook log-in to connect to others seeking to share or catch rides. Zimride also offers a a commute calendar that can track personal modes of transportation, how many pounds of carbon (CO2) emissions are avoided, and how much money is saved with each trip.
Zipcar: Zipcar gives you “wheels when you want them!” Zipcar arrived on campus during the academic year of 2009-2010 and is a car sharing program for the University. These Zipcars allow the convenience of a car without the hassle of maintenance, parking, and gas costs. SCU currently has 12 Zipcars on campus, parked in the Cowell parking lot along Accolti Way and the third Mission Parking lot, near the main entrance.
People can sign up for the Zipcar membership as an individual, campus department, and even as a Community-based Learning Affiliate (CBL). Read the eligibility and application details for a CBL membership for SCU students. Register with the Santa Clara University Zipcar account.
Carpool Program: Carpools are vehicles that hold 2 or more persons commuting to campus for work or school. Each driver receives a Carpooling sticker for the vehicle they wish to register in the program, as well as free daily parking passes. The carpool must obtain their parking pass by the main entrance kiosk attendant. Complete the simple registration form for your carpool group.