Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.94
Liaison Caitlin Steele
Submission Date July 21, 2023

STARS v2.2

San Francisco State University
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Clipper BayPass Pilot Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

As of Fall 2017, all SF State students pay $180 each semester for a “Gator Pass” that provides unlimited travel on San Francisco MUNI and a 50% discount on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trips to or from the BART Daly City Station, which is close to campus. While a number of local universities have student bus passes, SF State was the first university to offer a BART discount in combination with the municipal pass.

The Gator Pass was a student-driven initiative that required careful negotiation and approval from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, BART, Clipper, the Student Fee Advisory Committee, the University President, and the California State University Chancellor. Ninety percent of SF State students are commuters and over half of SF State students rely on public transportation. One of the goals of the Gator Pass was to reduce student cost and GHG emissions from SF State's commutes. SF Muni is mostly powered by hydroelectric power and BART has very low emissions per passenger compared to single occupancy vehicles. To accommodate the pass, SF State issued new identification cards that incorporate Clipper, the Bay Area's integrated transit card.

The University conducted a campus-wide transportation survey in May 2018 to provide comprehensive data on how the Gator Pass is changing commute patterns. Results showed that the Gator Pass was used on 103,500 rides between any two BART stations and on 73,800 commute trips to and from the SF State campus. Prior to the Gator Pass' implementation, about 36% of students commuted to campus via Muni and 21% used BART. Since the Gator Pass launched, 60% of students used the pass at least once on Muni and 40% used it on BART. Survey attached.

In August 2022, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, BART, and all other San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies that use Clipper fare payment system launched a two-year pilot program called Clipper BayPass. The program is intended to study the impact of a single pass that will enable free access to all bus, rail, and ferry services for 50,000 Bay Area residents across 9 counties. San Francisco State University is one of four colleges and universities that is participating, with a random assignment of 25% of the student population awarded the Clipper BayPass.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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