Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
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STARS v2.1

James Madison University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Lee Eshelman
Transportation Demand Coordinator
Public Safety
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
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Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
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Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan was structured around the 5E's promoted by the American Bicycle Institute. The Plan includes short-term, medium-term, and long-term infrastructure investments, and Educational and Encouragement programs. The Plan was developed in 2014 and since then the University has invested more than $1.9 million in infrastructure.


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Our UREC department has a Bicycle Adventure program for renting bikes on a weekly basis. In addition, we just implemented the Baas Bikes cycle share program for the University. Baas Bikes has provided 60 bikes to date.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Our transit system handles more than 2.4 million riders annually. The riders do not need to pay a fare or display an ID. However, the cost of transit is included in the student fees.

We contract with the City of Harrisonburg for our transit services and therefore are the recipients of the FTA subsidies.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Our GRH program is administered by our local PDC and is available to everyone.


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

We have a contract with Enterprise for vanpool. We also use Zimride for ridesharing which has been very successful. Currently we do not discount parking for these services, although we do have a parking discount for carpool.


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

We use Zipcar, and we administer it.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

We offer one, Level 2 recharging station accessible to employees. We are looking into expanding this for both students and employees.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

The institution offers a telecommuting policy and where possible, employees engage in telecommuting. The policy may be found here:
https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1332.shtml


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

The institution offers a policy that includes a variety of alternative work scheduling options. Employees take advantage of this policy whenever possible. Summer hours are abbreviated and many employees condense their hours and work four 10-hour days vs. five 8-hour days during summer months.

The Alternate Work Schedule policy may be found here:
https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1310.shtml


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

The university offers carpool permits to faculty, staff and students. These permits are shared by two to three carpool participants and afford the same privileges as a conventional faculty/staff or commuter permit. Since the cost of a carpool permit is shared by the users, the cost to each carpool participant is reduced.

The university offers remote parking to faculty, staff and students at one-third the cost of a conventional faculty/staff or student permit. The remote permits give access to a single parking lot on the periphery of the campus that includes convenient access to a nearby bus stop.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Responsible party for parking information: Bill Yates, Parking Services
Responsible party for others: Lee Eshelman, Transportation Demand Manager
Entered by Melissa Altman.

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