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COAST milestone offsets 790 parking spaces

By: Bob Browand 

Earlier this year, my team and I sat down and developed what we hoped would be a solution to our ongoing problem of not having enough parking spaces for our ever-growing campus community.

After racking our brains, meeting with partners both on and off campus and outlining policies, our new alternative and sustainable transportation program, COAST, was born.

Launched at the close of the spring semester, we were unsure how effective this program would even be, as we were going to have to recruit new members throughout the summer months when the majority of our potential members wouldn’t even be on campus.

However, we didn’t let that stop us from hitting the ground running and using every opportunity we could to promote the new program and the perks it offers members who pledge to ride METRO, utilize Zipcar or carpool to campus, instead of purchasing a parking permit and commuting alone.

And we’re finally seeing the fruits of our labor.

In just four short months, we’ve already recruited 1,263 members, with 315 people carpooling and 753 students and 195 faculty/staff members riding METRO.

That’s enough COASTers to offset the demand for 790 parking spaces, which is roughly the size of parking lot 16B in front of the Fine Arts Building.

Now this in no way means our work is done. Quite the opposite actually. These results have only encouraged us to continue pushing forward with our program, as there’s not only a need for it, but also an interest in it from the faculty, staff and students we work so hard to serve.

For more information or to join, please visit COAST.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress as we continue to work to alleviate the growing congestion throughout campus one lot at a time.

published: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016