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Dartmouth recognized for commuter parking buy-out plan

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 02/02/06 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

EPA and Human resources association cites Dartmouth policy among Best Practices

As Dartmouth employees already know, finding parking in Hanover can be a challenge. Add to that the environmental costs of driving to work, and the College's offer of a cash reward to employees who give up a parking space makes a lot of sense. Under the policy, college employees living within three-quarters of a mile from the college can receive $180 in exchange for not using a parking space. Employees who live farther away are eligible to receive $360 per year. The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Journal, in its Fall/Winter 2005 issue, lauded Dartmouth's buy-out plan as part of its list of best practices for colleges and universities offering commuter benefit programs. The article was authored by Patty Klavon of the Environmental Protection Agengy which recently included Dartmouth on its list of the 1,500 "Best Workplaces for Commuters."

Bill Barr, Dartmouth's Director of Fiscal and Auxiliary Services, said, "Dartmouth is committed to transportation demand management practices to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles arriving to campus. As part of this effort, the permit buy-out program provides incentives for employees to carpool, walk, bike, or use public transit. The reduction in vehicles arriving to campus has benefits beyond parking. It reduces traffic, improves air quality, and promotes healthier practices. It's a win-win."

Other commuter benefits touted by the magazine included subsidized transit passes, telecommuting, housing subsidies to allow employees to live closer to work, free shuttle services around campus and carpool matching services. Dartmouth employees, along with other Hanover-area residents and employees, have access to the free Advance Transit Fixed Route Bus system serving the region and campus shuttles. The shuttles, which are supported in part by Dartmouth College, allow employees to park away from the main campus, easing congestion in the town center and facilitating travel across campus during the coldest months. Many Dartmouth employees also rely on the Upper Valley Rideshare program, a free carpool matching service for anyone commuting in or out of the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.

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