Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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Columbia University
OP-T2-29: Mass Transit

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Kristina Hernandez
Director Communications
Strategic Communications, Columbia University Facilities and Operations
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Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle?:
Yes

A brief description of the program:

Columbia provides an efficient, timely and safe means of transportation for faculty, staff, and students to travel for free between Morningside, Lamont, Manhattanville, Medical Center, and Harlem Hospital campuses on University operated shuttle buses. The University has launched a real time tracking app through Transloc that can be accessed via mobile devices so riders users can see where the shuttle is at any time.
Additionally there is a free shuttle that transports passengers between the Medical Center and the George Washington Bridge Port Authority Bus Terminal; the Ft. Lee, NJ leg transports passengers between the Medical Center and Ft. Lee, NJ which helps reduce the use of individual passenger vehicles being driven to campus.
Columbia University has partnered with NJ TRANSIT to offer full-time undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to purchase a bus, rail, or light rail monthly pass at 25% off the regular monthly pass price. Enroll through NJ TRANSIT's Quik-Tik program to take advantage of this offer.

Columbia provides free shuttle bus service to non-Columbian elderly and disabled (as well as their attendants) via the ADA-accessible Intercampus Shuttle. The shuttle connects 96th Street, the Morningside campus, the Medical Center, and Harlem Hospital with stops at nearby subway stations.

Columbia University's benefits offers access to a Transit/Parking Flexible Spending Account.
The Transit/Parking Reimbursement Program (T/PRP) is a convenient way to pay commuting expenses using pre-tax dollars. Both full-time and part-time employees may participate in T/PRP.

The website URL where information about the program is available:
Columbia NJ Transit Discount: http://transportation.columbia.edu/nj-transit
Columbia Shuttle Tracker App: http://columbia.transloc.com/info/mobile
Columbia's FSA Tax Free Public Transit Program: http://hr.columbia.edu/files_humanresources/imce_shared/FOBIB-2012.pdf


The website URL where information about the program is available:

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