ACC tackles transportation challenges for students with free unlimited Capital Metro rides

For the second year in a row, Austin Community College (ACC) students, faculty, and staff can ride Capital Metro and Metro Rail for free using the all-new Digital Green Pass. The pass offers unlimited rides to class, work, and anywhere else for one semester. 

“Transportation is a real barrier in Central Texas, and getting to campus is one of the biggest hurdles our students face,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “This partnership with Capital Metro helps us provide some relief. These are the types of investments that make a difference. Together, we can make college more accessible for everyone.”

The ACC Board of Trustees approved a one-year extension for the Green Pass program during its regular meeting Monday, July 8. As part of the agreement, the college pays Capital Metro a $429,000 annual fee in exchange for passes for its students and employees. The fee is a 35-percent discount provided to ACC through Capital Metro’s MetroWorks program for higher education institutions.

Since launching the free Green Pass program in 2018, ACC ridership has increased 18-percent. Beginning this summer, ACC riders can sign up for Capital Metro’s all-new Digital Green Pass, making it easier to take advantage of the free rides.

Top 10 Perks of Digital Green Pass

  1. It’s on your smartphone.

  2. It turns your phone into a pass.

  3. It doesn’t deteriorate with frequent use.

  4. More difficult to lose.

  5. Easier to find.

  6. You always have it with you.

  7. No need to carry a physical pass.

  8. You don’t have to go to an ACC cashier to pick it up.

  9. Less likely to forget it.

  10. It’s in the Cap Metro app for convenient trip planning, the next departure, and other information.

ACC students and employees may request passes online at the ACC Transportation website.  For more information, visit the ACC's Green Pass webpage.

 

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