Parking Services was recognized by state officials on May 2 for reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging employees to use green transportation options through its Commuter Options Program (COP).
The Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Pinnacle awards are organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the MassRIDES statewide travel program, and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Coalition of Transportation Management Associations. The Pinnacle awards are the top-level honors in the recognition program.
According to COP manager Rob Hendry, the program uses transportation demand management principles to use existing infrastructure instead of adding roads and parking lots. With about 15,000 daily commuters and somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000 parking spaces on campus, that means encouraging employees to use other ways to get to work, such as buses, walking, biking or carpooling, said Hendry.
Since 1999, he said, the campus has reduced the number of single-occupancy vehicle commuters by 16 percent, which has proven important since ongoing construction projects have displaced or removed parking near the center of the campus.