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UM Named a Best Workplace for Commuters

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UM Named a Best Workplace for Commuters


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GetMovingCORAL 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 mxr1598@miami.edu or call 305-284-1547.

 

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UM Earns Bike Friendly Designation

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UM Earns Bike Friendly Designation


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BicycleFriendlyUCORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 2, 2017)—The University of Miami was recently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. With its second BFU bronze award, which cited UM’s high number of bike registrations, BikeSafe curriculum, and involvement in the upcoming Dolphins Cancer Challenge, the U joins 164 universities in 44 states and Washington, D.C., that have been designated as BFUs over the past five years.

“We applaud this round of BFUs for raising the standard and being innovative in making bicycling a safe, convenient, and enjoyable option for students, staff, and visitors alike,” said BFU Programs Director Bill Nesper.

UM, which first received the league’s bronze-level designation five years ago, encourages bicycling as an affordable, healthy, and environmentally sound transportation option by providing bicycle parking across campus, and other amenities, such as free bicycle locks, and bike repair stations. Other incentives include free showers at the Herbert Wellness Center for students, faculty, and staff who ride their bikes to campus.

“There are so many good reasons to promote cycling to campus,’’ said Lluvia Resendiz, mobility manager for Parking and Transportation. “We decrease our carbon footprint, promote exercise and healthy living, reduce health care costs, reduce transportation cost, connect our communities, and boost our fun and healthy campus culture.”

Noting that more than 2,000 faculty, staff, and students who live within one mile of campus have purchased parking permits, Resendiz said the University is encouraging these individuals to give up their permits and either bike or take another mode of transportation to campus. And if saving money on parking permits and fuel isn’t enough incentive, Resendiz said the University is offering another one: a limited number of day parking passes for those occasions when driving to campus is necessary. For more information, contact UBike at ubike@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.

In recognizing UM’s bike friendliness, the League of American Bicyclists also cited UBike, the Bike Expo and Safety Fair; and the University’s involvement in Gables Bike Day and the DCC Fall Family Fest.

With UM’s BFU designation, UBike will have access to a variety of free support from the league, ,,including educational materials and technical assistance aimed at helping the U become even more bicycle-friendly.

Founded in 1880, the league is dedicated to creating a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. Its Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates university efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation/planning.

 

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Merrick Garage Officially Opens to Brown Permit-Holders


merrick-garageThe Merrick Garage officially opens Monday, November 28, next to the Pavia Garage on Levante Avenue, and all brown permit-holders should begin parking there immediately. The campus community also should  expect elevated vehicular and pedestrian traffic in this area and exercise caution as patrons adjust to the new traffic patterns. Motorists also should remember that the speed limit on internal University roads is 15 mph and 5 mph inside any garage.

Should you have questions, please contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2. For other parking and transportation options,  check out the Metrorail Discount Program by visiting get2um.com to learn about the Metrorail and various alternative transportation options available to UM faculty, staff, and students.

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Some Yellow Lots Around the BUC to Close This Week


YellowLotClosuresThe BankUnited Center (BUC) will be hosting the annual ‘Premios Juventud’ event on Thursday, July 14, and there will be elevated activity surrounding the BUC  beginning Monday, July 11 that will continue until the actual event. The following lots will be closed:

Lot 431 will be closed from Thursday, July 7 until Saturday, July 16 (Blue outline)

Lot 434N will be closed from Saturday, July 9, until Saturday, July 16 (Red outline)

Lots 425N & 425S will be closed on Thursday, July 14 (Black outline)

Please be reminded that the color restrictions are lifted during the summer and permit holders are welcome to utilize any other color lot with the exception of purple and blue.

If you have any questions, please contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096 option 2, or email parking.gables@miami.edu.

 

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Expect Traffic Delays, Increased Parking Volume During High School Graduation Ceremonies


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 27, 2016) — Several high school graduation ceremonies will be held at the BankUnited Center June 1-11, with multiple ceremonies occurring on many of those dates. Parking in the University’s yellow zone lots will increase during the ceremonies, and the Pavia and Ponce de Leon garages will also experience an increase in usage. Expect heavy traffic around the BankUnited Center from an hour to an hour and a half before and after each event. Each ceremony is expected to last two hours.

High School Graduation Schedule

Monday, June 6 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 7 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8 at 9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 at 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m.

Color restrictions for UM’s parking lots are lifted during the summer, with the exception of the blue and purple lots. Faculty and staff should feel free to utilize other parking lots around campus. Please call Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, should you have any questions.

 

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