Rideshare Coordinator Appointed at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Robert C. Hendry of Montague has been appointed to the newly created position of rideshare coordinator at the University of Massachusetts. His appointment was announced by Sandra Anderson, director of campus services.

Hendry will be responsible for implementation of a rideshare program at UMass, an effort to encourage alternative methods of transportation to reduce the number of vehicles on campus and to help mitigate traffic on neighboring roadways, especially during reconstruction of Route 9 and the Coolidge Bridge, scheduled to begin in the fall.

He will also administer the University''s carpool program, set to begin in September. That program offers participants preferred parking, a limited number of no-charge, one-day permits, and guaranteed rides home for emergencies.

"Rob''s background in transportation planning and his grant-writing skills will be key elements in creating a successful rideshare program at the University," says Anderson. His appointment, she says, "demonstrates the University''s commitment to addressing environmental and traffic issues related to employee and student commuting." She adds, "I''m looking forward to having someone of Rob''s background coordinate the campus, town, five-college, and regional components of this new and exciting program."

Hendry received a master''s degree in urban and regional planning from UMass in 1997, and completed his undergraduate work at Framingham State College in 1991. He has worked as an economic development program assistant for the Athol Downtown Partnership, property manager for the Brattleboro Community Land Trust, and housing program manager for the Hilltown Community Development Corporation.

He has also coordinated a land conservation planning project for the Trustees of Reservations in the Brookfield area and participated in a land-use inventory and economic base analysis in the town of Holden, Mass. As a graduate student, he worked as a research assistant for the Center for Rural Massachusetts. Hendry assumed his new responsibilities June 28. At this time, his position is a two-year appointment, which may be extended depending on funding.