Students and faculty at Oregon State University - Cascades will begin the academic year with new identification cards that will each include an annual transit pass for all Cascades East Transit bus routes in Bend.
The passes will be provided at no additional charge to campus community members to encourage bus commuting. The student passes were funded through student fees. Identification cards will be distributed to students and campus employees beginning this month.
The bus pass program is part of a larger endeavor underway at all levels of the OSU-Cascades community to develop a campus culture that embraces sustainable transportation.
Kelly Sparks, associate vice president for finance and strategic planning, oversees the campus expansion and said, “Students, faculty and staff members are actively planning ways to lessen dependency on single occupancy personal vehicles and encourage other modes of transportation.”
Other efforts, either completed or underway, toward developing a multi-modal campus include:
In June 2014 OSU-Cascades adopted a vision for sustainability that was put forth by another CEAC task force focused on economically, socially and ecologically.
“The collaboration between students, faculty, community members and many external partners is helping us create a campus that is sustainable in many ways,” said Sparks, “with the transportation aspect being one the most crucial to address.”
About OSU-Cascades: Located in Bend, Ore., Oregon State University’s branch campus features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Eighteen undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus will expand to a four-year university beginning fall 2015.