Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.35
Liaison Amy Kadrie
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Rochester
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Andrea Walton
Transportation Manager
Department of Transportation and Parking Management
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
In an effort to provide students, faculty, and staff with an easy, affordable and healthy way to get where they need to go, the Department of Transportation and Parking has partnered with RTS and the City of Rochester, to help launch its new bike share program. Announced earlier this month, the new system, owned, operated and maintained by HOPR, a national provider, is debuting with a fleet of 200 pedal bikes throughout the City of Rochester and surrounding areas.

The University’s participation will not only help improve the community’s access to our campus, but it will also provide our own faculty and staff with another, convenient commuting opportunity.

There are two bike stations at the University, which are located and Meliora Hall and Faculty Rd. The blue HOPR bikes may be rented through a smartphone application. HOPR offers pay-as-you-go options, as well as single-day and monthly passes. For riders using pay-as-you-go, the cost is $1 to unlock a bike and 15 cents per minute of riding.

The City is also offering 100 electric scooters through HOPR that may be rented for $1 plus 27 cents per minute. The electric scooters may be used to travel to and from campus, however, they may not operate on University campuses for the safety of riders and pedestrians. They must be parked at designated dismount zones on the campus perimeter.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
The University has a business relationship with Zipcar, a national car sharing company. There are 10 vehicles that are all available for students and staff who are members of this service. Once a membership is approved, drivers can then reserve the vehicle via the Web site for events, appointments and day-trips for the upcoming year. Management of the program is administered by Zipcar via the Web site and phone, allowing reservations to be made at any time of day or night. Zipcar is the largest University car sharing program in the country. Departmental accounts are now available to provide employees access to car sharing when on University business.


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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

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:
The University has in total 6 EV recharging stations located on River Campus (the main campus), the Medical Center, and College Town.

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:
The University is partnered with the city of Rochester to offer $9,000 to employees who purchase a primary residence in the city neighborhoods closest to the River Campus and the Medical Center. 63 employees have closed on a home using this program since 2008.


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?:

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:
The University’s U-Commute program is the University’s campaign to promote the use of transportation alternatives that assist in reducing commuting costs for employees, reducing campus congestion, and promoting the sustainability efforts for the University of Rochester and our community https://www.rochester.edu/parking/ucommute/

A quarterly newsletter called Green Commuter, an e-newsletter about sustainable transportation programs at the University https://rochester.us7.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5ade632b2582843db31427a88&id=389dd67ec7

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