As stated in the Environmental Stewardship Action Plan, JMU will:
Develop a plan for a more accessible alternative personal transportation supply that consumes fewer resources
- Implement and evaluate multiple pilot programs: a surplus bicycle program, a transportation portal, real-time bus location tracking, bicycle infrastructure improvements, and online rideshare matching
- Develop a plan to restrict vehicle traffic on campus
Examples of our progress:
In Summer 2011, an alternative transportation plan was implemented to promote the use of transit, carpooling, and non-motorized vehicles. Additional transit service, bicycle infrastructure improvements, and an online ridesharing service will support these changes.
Changes in traffic patterns and improved transit service resulted in 2.4 million riders for the year, which is a greater than 20% increase in transit ridership. Zimride, JMU’s online ride share matching program, has over 7,000 users enrolled. Out of 105 Zimride clients, whom are mostly universities, JMU is ranked #1 in one-time trips and #2 in number of users. Since the program started in 2010, it is conservatively estimated that 43,863 gallons of fuel were saved.