Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.47
Liaison Aaron Klemm
Submission Date Aug. 26, 2016
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San Jose State University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tiffany Rodriguez
Commute Coordinator
Associated Students, Transportation Solutions
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The Associated Students Transportation Solutions (TS) operates 6 secure bike parking facilities (Bicycle Enclosures) located throughout SJSU campus. The total storage capacity of all enclosures is 416. Each enclosure houses 15-30 lockers for storing bike accessories. In addition, many open racks of different shapes and storage capacities have been installed throughout campus. For bike commuters who are looking for showers, students have free access to the Student Union Sport Club in the Event Center and all faculty, staff, and students can utilize the showers and lockers in the Kinesiology department in Spartan Complex (SPX 128) which are open during regular business hours.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bicycle racks are located within 50 ft. of most non-residential buildings, but not all. Until recently, Facilities Development and Operations relocated many bike ricks from the center of campus to the perimeter. The purpose of this relocation was to decrease bicycle traffic in the center of campus to ensure the safety of pedestrians in narrow pathways.
SJSU provides two long-term bicycle storage (bicycle enclosures) within 330 ft. of the resident halls.

Bicycle Enclosure Location:

-Under the CV Garage.

Bike Racks:

-Next to CVB
-Joe West

Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has implemented a Complete Streets Program policy and a bicycle plan policy which surrounds San Jose State University.

"VTA has partnered with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and its Member Agencies to set a policy framework that supports the implementation of Complete Streets. One milestone in this effort was the establishment of criteria for the initial round of the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) program, which distributed certain Federal flexible transportation grant funds for fiscal years 2013 through 2016."


"VTA adopted the Santa Clara Countywide Bicycle Plan (CBP). The CBP guides the development of major bicycling facilities by identifying Cross County Bicycle Corridors and other projects of countywide or intercity significance. The CBP complements Member Agencies’ bicycle plans, which focus on improvements at the local level, and incorporates other regional bike projects including the Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail."


In 2012, defined green bike lanes were added to San Fernando Street. From San Jose State University to the San Jose Diridon Transit Station (Caltrain, Ace train connections) cyclist now have a defined and designated lane for safe travel.


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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

AS-SJSU Transportation Solutions has a partnership with Bay Area Bike share, that gives students and employees of the University discounts on annual memberships. The University has Bay Area Bike Share stations near campus located at San Fernando & 4th (MLK Library), 4th & San Carlos, 9th & San Salvador. Bikes are available for check out for 30 minutes at a time, the student or employee can return the bike to any Bay Area Bike Share station once they have completed their trip.

Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

San Jose State University received an Honorable Mention from the League of American Bicyclists.

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

A brief description of the mass transit program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

University transit pass (Eco Pass) – Since 1994, the Associated Students (AS) has been in contract with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to provide unlimited rides on all VTA bus and light rail lines, 365 days a year, to all students and employees. SJSU Transportation Services administers this program. In Fall 2015 SJSU transitioned to Clipper card, a Bay Area transit card. The Eco Pass Clipper card is renewed every semester based on enrollment and tuition payment. Each student and employee receives one Clipper card and they must hold on to their card during their entire stay at SJSU. Since the transition in Fall 2015 SJSU Transportation Solutions has distributed over 16,000 Eco Pass Clipper cards that remain active. (15,615 students, 449 employees) Currently, the cost of the Eco Pass program is $36 per person per year that totals $1.2 Million. The VTA ridership to SJSU is at 35.3%.

The Spartan Shuttle is provides free and frequent shuttle service to/from the main campus during Fall & Spring Semesters. The shuttles provides all-day service between Duncan Hall on San Salvador Street and Park & Ride Lot. Shuttles run approximately every 15 minutes, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., Monday — Thursday.

The DASH connects the San Jose Diridon (Caltrain, ACE & Amtrak Capitol Corridor) Station and San Jose State University and is free for all riders.

50% Discount on Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) train – San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission provides 50% discount exclusively to SJSU students and employees on its ACE train’s monthly and 20-ride passes. The ACE passes are sold at Transportation Solutions/General Services Center. On average we currently sell 56 monthly passes and 118 20-ride passes per month to the SJSU community.

10% Discount on Highway 17 Express bus – SJSU Parking Services provides 10% subsidy on Highway 17 Express 31-Day and 10-Ride passes. Parking Services also underwrites the last two runs of this service to accommodate evening students. The bus passes are sold at Transportation Solutions/General Services Center. This line connects Santa Cruz to downtown San Jose. Our office currently sells 87 31-day passes and 15 15-ride passes on average per month to the SJSU community.

Commuter Check Program – Administered by SJSU Parking Services, this program allows SJSU employees to defer up to $255 per month tax-free for the purchase of transit tickets and passes. Pre-tax deductions are taken monthly from employees’ payroll and converted into commuter checks or credited into their transit card (e.g. Clipper Card for SF Bay Area).

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

A brief description of the GRT program:

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

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

In coordination with the Regional Rideshare (511.org) Program, Transportation Solutions operates a ride matching program exclusively for SJSU students and employees. Students from Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, and Monterey counties are utilizing the rideshare matching service to find their carpool partners.

In addition to 511's Ride Sharing Program, AS-SJSU Transportation Solutions has partnered with Scoop. A carpooling app that allows student and employees to schedule their carpool trip ahead of time, get matched in a SJSU carpool, and offers flexible scheduling.

AS-SJSU has also partnered with Rydite- a long distance carpooling app available to students to find rides to go back home for the holidays, to attend concerts/ festivals, etc.

SJSU Parking Services offers reduced parking fees on carpool permits. the carpool permit is valid in the designated carpool spaces of the South (7th Street) and North (10th Street) Garages..

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?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

AS-SJSU Transportation Solutions has a partnership with Zipcar - a short term car rental service. Zip car offers annual discounts to students and employees of the University. Zipcar has locations conveniently located near the University at 7th Street by Royce Hall - 4th Street by Washington Square Hall - 10th Street by Campus Village.

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

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

San Jose State are planning to install 8 Level 2 charging stations in Fall 2016. The charging stations have been purchased and are currently onsite and are scheduled to be installed.
If employees or students have eligible clean-air vehicles, they would be directed to the City of San Jose's Clean Air Program. This program provides free parking to anyone having a vehicle that meets clean-air standards. Parking for the City of San Jose offices are less than a quarter mile from the campus of SJSU, making this option feasible and very helpful for students and employees.


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

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Yes. Human Resources (HR) has a telecommuting policy for staff. The policy must be signed off by the employee's manager, as well as Human Resources, and must include specific information on the work requirements, reporting, etc. The policy incorporates guidelines for the work space, including health and safety information to ensure the work space is safe and adequate for the work to be done. It includes information about appropriate technology and what is / is not paid for by the university.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

Alternate work schedules are bargained by each union and, if operations allow, employees can request to work an alternate schedule such as a 9/80 or 4/10. It is management's right to approve or not approve such schedules based on the work of the unit. They are responsible for ensuring operational needs are met. Managers can request an alternate schedule as well but again, operational needs must be met and the manager above them must approve such a schedule.

Alternate work schedules must be reported to HR and entered into the PeopleSoft system to ensure accurate time and absence reporting.

Current CBAs can be found here: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/employee-relations/bargaining-agreements/)

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

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

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

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

AS-SJSU Transportation has a social media campaign #TransitTuesdaySJSU where members of the University can post their transit selfies on social media and tag Transportation Solutions, each post will allow the student or employee a chance to win a prize. Prizes are given out throughout this semester. This campaign was created to encourage the SJSU community to commit to taking transit at least one day a week since taking transit everyday is not necessarily feasible for everyone.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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