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Getting To & Around Campus
Demand for parking on the UT Arlington campus is at an all-time high. And circling parking lots, idling, and parking multiple times during one day not only wastes time and gas but negatively impacts air quality.
Commuting Made Easy
Every day the commuting choices you make have an impact on our air. It is our responsibility to ensure the air is safe for all. That's why UT Arlington is encouraging the community to share a ride to campus. And now, it's easier than ever.
Register on tryparkingit.com to find carpool or vanpool matches near you. On the site, sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, you can also log your shared commutes and receive an estimate of the miles you've saved and harmful emissions you've helped reduce.
The Office of Sustainability will track the new registration, number of registrants logging rideshare, number of vehicle trips reduced, number of vehicle miles travel reduced, and an emissions breakdown by vehicle type. Those numbers will be used to calculate the amount of air quality emission reduced and the number of miles saved by faculty and staff.
Getting to Campus
Try walking or biking to UT Arlington. They give you aerobic exercise, save money, allow you to avoid traffic jams, and enable you to get to campus without contributing any carbon to the atmosphere.
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Need a car to complete your task? You can rent one by the hour or day with Connect by Hertz. The program offers drivers ages 18 and older access to environmentally friendly cars to help them get where they need to be. In addition to the convenience that the available cars bring, they also help reduce the amount of traffic on our roads-and environmental harm to our area. Each Connect car helps take multiple personally owned cars off the street; similar programs boast a reduction of 15-20 for every shared vehicle. That decrease in gas, oil, and harmful emissions can do a lot to keep the planet healthy.
Connect cars are available by the hour or day, and the low rate includes gas; insurance, including coverage for the Connect car; GPS navigation; an iPod adaptor; Bluetooth technology; 24-hour roadside assistance; support of a 24-hour in-house member care center; and in-car communication, allowing drivers to reach the member care center with the touch of a button.
Rates start at $8 per hour and $62 per day. Grab a few friends or co-workers to share the ride and your individual cost could end being lower than your morning cup of coffee. Join before Sept. 30, 2010 and use the promotion code MAVERICK, and the first year is free.
To learn more or sign up, visit www.connectbyhertz.com and choose University of Texas at Arlington in the upper right corner or call 877-654-4400.
Getting around Campus
Demand for parking on the UT Arlington campus is at an all-time high. With more than 28,000 students enrolled in the fall 2009 semester, the University had sold 1,600 more parking decals by early September as it had at the same point last year. Popular student lots can become congested during peak class times, particularly from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. And circling parking lots, idling, and parking multiple times during one day not only waste time and gas but negatively impact air quality.
Here are 8 tricks to navigating campus parking, maximizing available services, and making your day greener:
- Avoid the busiest lots when possible. Most students attempt to park in Lot 47, north of Mitchell Street, east of Pickard Hall and west of Kalpana Chawla Hall. Others search for spaces in Lots 30, 40, 42 and 43 at the northeastern corner of campus.
- Lot 49, also known as the "South 40," and Lot 26 at Maverick Stadium have open spaces each day and have convenient shuttle service from the designated shuttle stop. The UTA Shuttle Service also stops at Lot 27 along Davis Drive, near the UT Arlington police station.
- Get a refund by trading in your full-access campus parking decal for a "R" remote lot pass. Students who bought a full-access parking decal paid $112.50 for the academic year. A "remote" decal costs $45. Parking Office staff at the J.D. Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell St., will refund any student who trades in a full-access decal for an "R" decal $67.50.
- Discover the new campus shuttle Express Route. The UTA Shuttle Service added a special "Orange" route this semester that delivers passengers to all key buildings on the core campus. View the 2009-2010 schedule.
- Know your shuttle route colors. Ride the Green route from the south (Lot 50, etc.) to the core campus. Ride the Blue route from Maverick Stadium lots and points west. Use the Orange shuttle route to navigate around core campus buildings.
- Build 30 minutes into your schedule. The shuttle service runs on a 15-minute schedule. But you need 30 minutes from the time you park your car to board the shuttle and make sure you get to class on time.
- Give the new mini-transit bus a try. This vehicle has oversized windows, room for up to 32 passengers and a drop-down ramp to accommodate wheelchairs or passengers using crutches or other support devices. The new mini-transit bus can accommodate three wheelchairs, but each UT Arlington shuttle is wheelchair accessible.
- Be aware of lot closures before they occur. Visit www.uta.edu/shuttle and check your UT Arlington e-mail account regularly for TrailBlazer or MavWire e-newsletters, which include the latest information regarding Cowboys employee and other special event parking.
For more information, contact the UT Arlington Parking Office or 817-272-3907.
Whether hot weather and ozone season is your motivation or saving gas money, it's important to consider mass transit as a way to get where you need to go. Taking transit helps improve the air quality in North Texas.
The T: Ride sharing to UT Arlington
Call the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) to sign up, 817-336-RIDE.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around 13 cities with rail, bus, paratransit, HOV lanes and rideshare services. DART rail trains have the same emissions as a golf cart, which is next to nothing. Check out DART fares and DART schedules.
North Texas Green & Go Clean Taxi Partnership
For a complete listing of taxi companies with green ride options, call 1-877-HAIL-GREEN (1-877-424-5473) or visit NorthTexasGreenAndGo.org.
Tips for Driving Clean
1. Bring your lunch to work
2. Carpool or vanpool
3. Keep your car well maintained
4. Visit AirNorthTexas.org for more about improving air quality in North Texas