CSU and NOACA find transporation options for students

By Haley Vidmar

Dec. 11, 2017

Whether you missed the opportunity to purchase a parking pass for the upcoming spring semester or you can’t afford to Uber to class daily, new transportation options are available.

Cleveland State University’s sustainability program teamed up with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to create a free campus resource, G Ohio Commute.

G Ohio Commute is a system that operates online.

The program provides users transportation options to and from their destination, including modes of transportion like bike paths, public transit and carpooling.

Unlike similar alternative transportation systems such as Rideshare and Carpool Cleveland, G Ohio Commute is free.

The program also has many benefits, such as helping students save money and improving health by enhancing air quality.

As some find it hard to believe the carpooling system is free, Jennifer McMillin, director of sustainability at Cleveland State, explains the cost.

“It is available to us at no cost thanks to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency,” McMillin said.

NOACA is a transportation and environmental agency that serves all counties of Northeast Ohio.

The most recent addition is Cleveland State to its carpooling platform.

NOACA started this program to improve public transportation, air quality, and health.

The Cleveland State subsite has more than 100 members and 60 percent are students.

Graduate student and avid G Ohio Commute user Leah Venesky relies on the carpool service weekly.

“It saves me gas and money, so as a graduate student, I can’t complain,” Venesky said.

Transportation is one of the greatest contributors to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Carpooling is one of the EPA’s primary ways to reduce vehicle emissions.

Offering carpool options to college students coincides with Cleveland State’s sustainability and transportation initiative.

To participate in the transportation program, Cleveland State students and faculty must register at http://www.noaca.org with their university email address.

 


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