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Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date July 12, 2016
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University of Texas at Arlington
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

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Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

none


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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

none


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?:
Yes

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

The University has adopted a Master plan that supports more bike lanes


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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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?:
No

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

none


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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Maverick Ride

This service assists students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors to reach their destinations after our regular shuttle hours. The hours of service are 7:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. An escort can be requested by calling 817-272-3381.

The Mav Mover operates every Saturday (except holiday weekends) to take the UT Arlington students for shopping in the Arlington area.

Demand for parking on the UT Arlington campus is at an all-time high. With more than 28,000 students enrolled in the fall 2009 semester, the University had sold 1,600 more parking decals by early September as it had at the same point last year. Popular student lots can become congested during peak class times, particularly from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. And circling parking lots, idling, and parking multiple times during one day not only waste time and gas but negatively impact air quality.
UTA offered discounted price for decals for the remote parking. Remote decals are less than half the price. Student permits allowing access to all student lots are $112.50 for the fall and spring semesters. Students who choose to park in Lot 26 at Maverick Stadium may purchase a “R” remote lot permit for $45. The full rate for faculty and staff is $150; faculty and staff who work east of Davis Drive may purchase a “R” remote lot permit for $60


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the GRT program:

none


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:

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is the fourth largest metropolitan region in the nation with almost 6.5 million residents. Rapid population growth in the past decade has led to increasing transportation problems here in the region. The construction of additional roadway lanes has not kept pace with this population growth. As a result, traffic congestion has become a major concern for regional travelers; and with increased traffic congestion comes air quality concerns.

One way for commuters to help improve traffic congestion and air quality in the region is to reduce the number of vehicles that travel on our roadways by using alternatives to driving alone to work. Alternative commute options include carpooling, vanpooling, transit, walking, telecommuting, etc.

Try Parking It is a two-part solution for reducing the number of vehicles on the road and for tracking the savings that result from those vehicle reductions. By using Try Parking It, we can locate carpool or vanpool matches within the North Central Texas region. UTA can also track the contributions by the employees and staff and students to clean air and congestion reduction and receive an estimate of miles saved, trips reduced and harmful emissions reduced,


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:

Starting fall 2010, the UT Arlington community is able to rent an environmentally friendly car by the hour or day, all for a low price through the Zip Car program

Connect cars are available by the hour or day, and the low rate includes gas; insurance, including coverage for the Connect car; GPS navigation; an iPod adaptor; Bluetooth technology; 24-hour roadside assistance; support of a 24-hour in-house member care center; and in-car communication, allowing drivers to reach the member care center with the touch of a button.


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:

We have installed 2 charging stations in the College park Parking Garage


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:

Flexible Work Arrangements

UT Arlington recognizes that with the growing demands on employees who have both professional and personal responsibilities, flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting and flextime can be highly beneficial for the University and employees. Flexible work arrangements may promote productivity, enhance job satisfaction, enable recruitment and retention of valuable staff and reduce greenhouse emissions consistent with the University's environmental goals.

A flexible work arrangement is any variation in scheduling work hours and/or location from the traditional on-campus daily pattern. The categories of available arrangements are:

* Flex Time: Employees are offered a range of starting and ending times for the workday; most shifts with a mandatory "core" time in the middle of the day.

* Compressed Workweek: Employees work longer days for part of the week in exchange for a day off each week.

* Telecommuting: Employees work from home or another remote location on an approved schedule.

* Part-time Work or Job Sharing: Employees work fewer hours, or two employees share the same position, splitting the responsibility for the work between them.

UT Arlington realizes that because of its unique and diverse work environment, flexible work arrangements will not apply in all situations. Therefore, all flexible work arrangements must have prior, written approval from the employee's supervisor.

Flexible work guidelines are offered to help supervisors and employees create an arrangement that can support the institutional goals and improve employee satisfaction. These guidelines also provide concrete expectations of responsibilities and accountability and help the supervisor and employee consider potential ramifications of a proposed new arrangement.


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

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

Flexible Work Arrangements

UT Arlington recognizes that with the growing demands on employees who have both professional and personal responsibilities, flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting and flextime can be highly beneficial for the University and employees. Flexible work arrangements may promote productivity, enhance job satisfaction, enable recruitment and retention of valuable staff and reduce greenhouse emissions consistent with the University's environmental goals.

A flexible work arrangement is any variation in scheduling work hours and/or location from the traditional on-campus daily pattern. The categories of available arrangements are:

* Flex Time: Employees are offered a range of starting and ending times for the workday; most shifts with a mandatory "core" time in the middle of the day.

* Compressed Workweek: Employees work longer days for part of the week in exchange for a day off each week.

* Telecommuting: Employees work from home or another remote location on an approved schedule.

* Part-time Work or Job Sharing: Employees work fewer hours, or two employees share the same position, splitting the responsibility for the work between them.

UT Arlington realizes that because of its unique and diverse work environment, flexible work arrangements will not apply in all situations. Therefore, all flexible work arrangements must have prior, written approval from the employee's supervisor.

Flexible work guidelines are offered to help supervisors and employees create an arrangement that can support the institutional goals and improve employee satisfaction. These guidelines also provide concrete expectations of responsibilities and accountability and help the supervisor and employee consider potential ramifications of a proposed new arrangement.


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:

none


Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
No

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

none


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