"The goals of the program being to reduce the number of cars that are on campus and also try to ease the environmental impact," says Jason Thomas, the Special Projects Coordinator for Penn State Transportation Services.
The program is a collaborative effort from CATA and Penn State. Starting this year, graduate students living off campus can sign up for a Ride for Five pass.
"It's and affordable and sustainable transportation alternative for them," says Jacqueline Sheader, the Public Relations Director for CATA.
Here is how it works: Penn State graduate students, faculty and staff can give up their on-campus parking pass for a $5 monthly bus pass.
"It helps serve a population who may not already have a transit program in place that's affordable for them," says Thomas. "It's really expanding on the number of people who get to use that service."
Sign ups for the Ride for Five bus pass begin September 8th.
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