Pilot program will offer free and discounted bus passes to UH Manoa faculty and staff

Program to begin March 1, 2003

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
Director of Public Affairs
UH Manoa Parking Office, (808) 956-8899
Posted: Feb 13, 2003

Beginning next month, UH Manoa faculty and staff will have the opportunity to participate in a pilot bus pass program that aims to free up additional parking spaces for commuting students.

Under the proposed plan, up to 100 free bus passes will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis each month, and 375 additional passes will be sold each month at $18 — a one-third discount off the normal $27 cost.

The free passes will be made available one time only to UH employees who already have on-campus parking permits and want to try the bus plan. After the first month, they would give up their parking permits and purchase the discounted passes if they wish to continue.

Discounted passes will be available to those who do not currently have parking permits — including those who may already use the bus and to new employees to encourage them to use the bus rather than daily on-campus parking or parking in neighborhoods adjacent to the campus.

"We think this will offer a real incentive to people who can change their transportation habits," said Jim Manke, UH Manoa spokesman. "If all of the passes are utilized, this has the potential of taking nearly five hundred cars off the road, reducing traffic congestion and freeing up a significant number of parking spaces. This could really work well for students who may have less flexibility in their schedules because of off-campus jobs or other obligations that require them to have a car.
"Express bus schedules have made it possible to get to the Manoa campus quickly and easily from just about anywhere on the island. We think this is a real win-win opportunity," Manke added.

The pilot program will start March 1 and continue through the remainder of 2003. Modifications may be made as the effectiveness of the program is evaluated during the trial period. The Manoa parking office will subsidize the program from parking operations fees at a total annual cost of about $73,000 if all available free and discount passes are used.

Faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about the program may contact the parking office at 956-8899 or by going to the parking office in room 014 of the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services.