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December 3, 2012 by University of La Verne

Collaborative Effort Sparks Energy-Efficient Parking Solution

As on-campus parking lots continue to reach capacity at the University of La Verne, three new energy efficient shuttle buses have begun their routes to better serve students, staff and faculty. The service, which is free to all and does not require a university parking permit, utilizes a new parking lot made possible by the recent purchase of an industrial parcel on nearby A Street.

Now known as the A Street shuttle lot, this four-acre site is intended to alleviate the stress of parking on campus, especially during peak usage hours. The university has also ensured minimal wait times with a new shuttle schedule as well as additional shuttle stops around campus.

“To provide shuttle services for students, the revenue generated by the increased student parking permit fees was put back into our students,” said Clive Houston-Brown, Associate Vice President of Facility and Technology Services. “We are encouraging faculty and staff to park in the A Street shuttle lot to accommodate more space for students on campus.”
The new shuttle program runs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10:50 p.m., during which time the A Street lot will be under constant security watch.

Accommodating up to 16 passengers, these shuttles will be easily identifiable by the unique photo array each displays. One shuttle is wrapped with images of excited undergraduate students, while another presents the smiling faces of graduate students. There is also a shuttle dedicated to the adult student population that makes up La Verne’s continuing education programs.

Being mindful of the impact the institution has on the local environment and in keeping with the university’s mission statement, the administration chose to purchase new propane-powered vehicles. Propane is a clean-burning, nontoxic fuel and is averaged to be about a third of the cost of traditional fuel, making the new shuttles an effective solution for all.

According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center from the U.S. Department of Energy, “Compared with vehicles fueled by conventional gasoline, propane vehicles can produce lower amounts of some harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases.”

New Shuttle Routes – Download Shuttle Route Maps

The Campus Center Route is a three-minute, direct route. It will shuttle back and forth from the A Street lot to the southeast corner of new green space in Parking Lot D, south of Campus Center.

The single stop Campus Center Route will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:50 p.m., and the shuttle will always include a wheel chair lift. Originally scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., the Campus Center Route start time was moved forward one hour to accommodate students and faculty who are arriving early for 8 a.m. classes. The campus location features a covered shuttle stop with benches.

Two shuttles will run the Campus Center Route during peak times: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and 6 p.m. to 10:50 p.m.
On Fridays, the only change to the peak time schedule will be between 6 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. During this period, students, staff and faculty should note that only one shuttle bus will run the route.

The Perimeter Route is a second option for students, staff and faculty seeking to reach other campus locations. The round-trip, starting and ending at the A Street lot, will make multiple stops and take approximately 20 minutes.

The Perimeter Route will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will first stop at the Enrollment Management/Facilities building. From there it will make stops at the Mainiero parking lot, the Wilson Library lot and finally at the Campus Center shuttle stop before returning to the A Street lot.

Peak times for the Perimeter Route begin earlier. Two shuttles will run the Perimeter Route from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The peak time scheduling of two shuttle buses will ensure no more than a 10-minute wait for those using the Perimeter Route.

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