Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Saint Mary's College of California
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Beginning Fall 2019, Saint Mary's College partnered with Lyft for shared ride subsidies with Lyft ride-hailing service. Saint Mary's staff, faculty and students can beginning getting FREE shared rides using their existing Lyft account by adding your Saint Mary's email address to it.

Shared rides that start or end at Saint Mary’s College and are to/from designated pick-up/drop off points will be subsidized for the first $15 of the ride. The designated pick-up/drop off points will include the Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek Bart stations, points in the Ascot/Donald Dr. residential area, Moraga Safeway, and within walking distance of the Walnut Creek Target.

The user will be responsible for costs exceeding $15.

Each account will be limited to 50 rides per month.


Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Yes, we have designated parking spots for Electric Vehicles. Non-EV cars are not allowed to park in these spaces.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

SMC has 11 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations on campus. One is ADA accessible.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

If faculty or staff choose to live on campus, they receive free housing.


Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

CARPOOLING TO SCHOOL OR WORK
Find a SMC friend, or two, or three, who is interested in carpooling to SMC with you. Each of you must purchase a Carpool Permit (this allows flexibility in carpool groups).

Carpool permits:
$89/year for employees
$60/year for students

NOTE: If you are securing a carpool permit, your carpool partner must also have a carpool permit. Both permits will need to be displayed on the vehicle dashboard (permit numbers up) when parked on SMC property.

The 511 San Francisco/Bay Area Carpool & Vanpool program and other commuting options:

511 SF/Bay Area Carpool & Vanpool is another way to find rides to SMC. Carpool & Vanpool matches can be made by applying online. Visit the 511 Contra Costa site here for details.


BART & BUS
Ride BART to school/work and take the CCCTA Bus Line 6 for FREE from Lafayette or Orinda to SMC simply by showing your SMC ID Card. Schedule information here.

BUS
Ride Contra Costa County Transit Authority Bus Line 6 or the Gael Rail Shuttle (Th night – Sun night) for FREE simply by showing your SMC ID Card.

BIKE
Bike to school/work. Get the details on safe routes and incentives here.

LYFT Ride Share Program
The partnership for shared ride subsidies with Lyft ride-hailing service will begin with the start of the academic year in late August. You can use your existing Lyft account by adding your Saint Mary's email address to it.

Shared rides that start or end at Saint Mary’s College and are to/from designated pick-up/drop off points will be subsidized for the first $15 of the ride. The designated pick-up/drop off points will include the Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek Bart stations, points in the Ascot/Donald Dr. residential area, Moraga Safeway, and within walking distance of the Walnut Creek Target.

The user will be responsible for costs exceeding $15.

Each account will be limited to 50 rides per month.

Students and Employees will receive an introductory email from Saint Mary's and Lyft to enroll in the program. We are working with Lyft to have the program begin close to September 3 and the program will not include days when the College is closed (e.g. Winter Break). Check your email from Saint Mary’s and Lyft for a full start date.

We will be monitoring data from Lyft to evaluate use patterns and opportunities for refinement.

Although any member of the Saint Mary’s community can use the Lyft program, the program is intended for the use of SMC employees and students who do not bring a car to campus. It should provide SMC with an alternative to commuting to campus via personal automobile. In the first month of the program, we will be evaluating the use data to identify whether the Lyft program is operating as intended and we will assess the program with the Parking Advisory Group (representatives of students, faculty and staff) to make modifications based on that use. The Lyft program cannot be used to move about within the campus boundary.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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