Riding the bus with Dalhousie
Dalhousie University is partnering with Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) SmartTrip to launch EPass/LinkPass, a reduced-cost Metro Transit bus pass available to full- and part-time permanent Dal employees.
This is a pilot program, and during this phase, Dalhousie has 600 available passes. Approximately 500 of these passes will be distributed to randomly-drawn employees who submit their names for consideration. The remaining 100 passes are reserved for new riders (those with a current Dal parking pass paid for via payroll deductions who will give up their parking pass in exchange for a bus pass).
Bus passes are payable through payroll deductions, and Dalhousie is supplementing part of the cost of each bus pass for a 25% savings to employees over a regular and Link monthly Metro Transit pass.
The EPass will cost Dalhousie employees $52.50 a month for a regular pass and $63.75 a month for a MetroLink pass. That compares to $70 and $85 a month, respectively, to buy monthly transit passes at the regular price.
The pilot program runs from January, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
"This is a great starting point in what we hope is an ongoing relationship with HRM to improve transit opportunities for Dalhousie employees." - Rochelle Owen, Director, Dalhousie University Office of Sustainability
"Our goal is to provide incentives to Dal employees to take transit by reducing the cost. We hope that this both provides a benefit to some employees who already use Metro Transit, but also brings new riders into the mix." - Rochelle Owen, Director, Dalhousie University Office of Sustainability
"We’ve been doing commuter surveys for the past four years, asking employees and students about what they want to see in terms of campus transportation – and an employee transit program ranks the highest with staff and faculty each year. So we’ve been working hard to make this happen." - Rochelle Owen, Director, Dalhousie University Office of Sustainability
"The objective of HRM's SmartTrip program is for employers to take a more active role in influencing how their workforce commutes. Dalhousie has clearly accepted that challenge and we hope that more workplaces will use the SmartTrip model in helping us create a more sustainable commuting culture throughout HRM." - David McCusker, Manager Strategic Transportation Planning
Dal employee Caroline King with the University line bus
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