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OSU Recognized Under Best Workplaces for Commuters Program
Oregon State University's main campus has been designated by the National Center for Urban Transportation Research as one of their Best Workplaces for Commuters. This designation recognizes employers for outstanding efforts to provide alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle including:
- Car sharing using Enterprise WeCar. View program details listed by state.
- An electronic ridematching and carpooling system
- Agreements with the City of Corvallis and the City of Albany for prepaid rides on Corvallis Transit System, the Linn-Benton Loop, the Philomath Connection and Albany Transit System
- Access to a local pedicab service that provides human-powered rides in and around campus
- A campus shuttle that is free to all riders
- Telecommuting options (pdf) and compressed work schedules
- An emergency ride home program
- Preferential parking for vanpools, and partnerships with organizations that provide carpool ridematching and vanpool services
- A physical development plan, the OSU Master Plan, that requires dense growth within existing campus boundaries, enabling students to walk between classes with the 10 minutes allocated between classes
- Secure bicycle parking and showers
Corvallis and OSU Main Campus
Operated by Corvallis Transit System, and funded jointly by Associated Students of OSU and the City of Corvallis, the Beaver Bus is a late night service that operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday when OSU is in session. Anyone can ride the Beaver Bus the same way they ride CTS day service - using the fare box, or under existing pass programs.
Corvallis Pedicab is a new local business offering human-powered transportation in and around Corvallis. The service operates much like a traditional taxi and is available on-demand or by reservation. It is also available for special events and occasions.
Corvallis Transit System
CTS provides public transit service to the Corvallis and Philomath areas, and also targets transportation to youth and elderly, persons with disabilities, and low-income citizens. Students, staff and faculty ride CTS and Philomath Connection free by showing OSU ID.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are being used throughout campus for passenger transport and freight delivery. As of March 2010, OSU employed about 21 electric vehicles on campus. EVs have a number of benefits, including:
Emergency Rides Home
The City of Corvallis also administers the Emergency Ride Home program.
Linn-Benton Loop Transit Bus
The Linn-Benton Loop operates Monday through Saturday and has connecting points with Albany Transit System and Corvallis Transit System, and stops at LBCC and OSU. OSU students, faculty and staff ride free by showing OSU ID.
Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee
This OSU committee advises the University on expanding the use of alternative transportation.
OSU Campus Shuttle
A free campus shuttle service for the convenience of students, staff and all visitors.
OSU Motor Pool
The Motor Pool provides vehicles for the wide variety of OSU's transportation needs. The vehicle fleet includes Toyota Prius hybrids and electric vehicles.
OSU Transit and Parking Services
In addition to operating the campus shuttle, TAPS manages all parking infrastructure and services like jump starts and help with keys locked in cars. TAPS also supports biking and pedestrian improvements.
Albany Transit System
ATS provides public transportation in Albany, 11 miles from Corvallis. OSU students, staff and faculty ride free by showing OSU ID.
Lane Transit District
LTD provides public transit service, event shuttles, park and ride services, and other resources that reduce dependency on the automobile.
Cascades West Rideshare
Provides free carpool and van pool matching services for Commuters living or working in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, with connections to major cities such as Eugene, Salem, and Portland.
The Valley Retriever has daily runs through the northern Willamette Valley, Bend and Newport. Costs range from $6.00-38.50, depending on distance traveled, and some pickup locations require advanced notice for pickup. (541) 265-2253
Cascades West Rideshare, Mid-Valley Rideshare, and Lane Transit District’s Commuter Solutions Program collaborated two years ago to streamline service, promotion, and recruitment for commuter van pools in the Willamette Valley. Valley VanPool, the resulting program, reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by over 100,000 miles every month.