Transportation Expo Sept. 29

Event to offer information on alternative services.

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2010) – USF students, faculty and staff can learn more about how to ease their commute to campus, minimize their impact on the environment and save money at USF's Transportation EXPO, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Marshall Student Center.

The purpose of the Transportation EXPO is to generate awareness about the many alternative transportation services available to those who commute to campus, said organizer Sara Hendricks, a senior research expert at the Center for Urban Transportation Research.

Some of these services include: Zimride, a new carpooling service at USF that lets users find rides using their social network; WeCar, an hourly car rental service on campus; and HART, Tampa's regional bus service that USF student ride for free.

“The EXPO is about transportation choices that will save students money, help people get where they need to go and help the campus achieve carbon neutrality,” Hendricks said. Carbon neutrality is an international effort to eliminate carbon-dioxide emissions by supporting alternative means of transportation that do not harm the environment.

Additionally, EXPO participants will learn about USF's initiatives to encourage alternative transportation options such as the Bull Runner vehicle tracker, new preferential parking for carpoolers offered by USF Parking and Transportation Services and the Borrow Our Bikes Bull Rider Program at Campus Recreation, provided by Student Government.

The EXPO will provide information about broader transportation issues affecting the campus community, including the opportunity to vote in November on the Hillsborough County sales tax referendum for transportation. This event is being jointly sponsored by the Steering Committee of the USF Office of Sustainability and the New North Transportation Alliance.