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Dartmouth Recognized for Commuter Buy Out Plan

EPA and human resources association cite College policy among best practices

As Dartmouth employees 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, 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 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 Environmental Protection Agency also recently included Dartmouth on its list of the 1,500 "Best Workplaces for Commuters."

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. 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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Last Updated: 12/17/08