Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 7, 2017)—For the first time, the University of Miami has been named among the Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering exceptional commuter benefits that meet the National Center for Transit Research’s National Standard of Excellence criteria.
“The University of Miami is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, program manager of the Best Workplaces for Commuters program, managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research with support from the NCTR and the Florida Department of Transportation. “By offering a range of commuter benefits, such as subsidizing public transit fares, carpooling programs, and access to Emergency Ride Home programs, the University of Miami gives its employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best. These benefits are good for the company and its employees.”
UM is among only 228 workplaces in the United States and the first educational institution in South Florida that has committed to providing commuter benefits that result in many students, faculty, and staff not driving alone to campus. The University offers several commuter benefit options, including:
- Up to 75 percent Metrorail/Metrobus/Tri-Rail subsidies to faculty and staff based on a salary scale
- 50 percent Metrorail/Metrobus discounts to students in partnership with Miami-Dade Transit student discount program
- Carpool matching program
- Emergency Ride Home program
- UBike registration and on-campus bike repair stations
- Zipcars on campus
- Hurry ’Cane shuttle bus program
“We are extremely proud of our progressive public transit benefit program and our mobility efforts that save our students, faculty, and staff time and money, with minimal environmental impact,” said Richard Sobaram, director of Parking and Transportation.
As Sobaram notes, UM is Miami-Dade Transit’s largest corporate partner, with approximately 3,300 students, faculty, and staff using the Metrorail or Metrobus monthly to get to the University’s three main campuses.
“This recognition is not about whether or not we have good public transit systems in South Florida, but more about the fact that the University of Miami has demonstrated a strong commitment to these efforts by offering programs and incentives to fully utilize alternate modes of transportation to the single occupant vehicle,” said Sobaram. “Promoting alternate transportation is a win-win for everyone as it helps in managing our resources by reducing parking demand and traffic congestion, and provides a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the campus community.”
Learn more about the benefits of using Metrorail other mobility programs by visiting get2um.com. If you are thinking about trying one of the many alternate transportation options and would like a personal consultation, please contact the Parking and Transportation mobility manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-284-1547.