KSUride to host vanpool meeting for interested commuters

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (July 20‚ 2007) — Just like Braves baseball and trips to Stone Mountain…

Georgia (Jul 20, 2007) — KSUride to host vanpool meeting for interested commuters

Jeremy Craig

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Contact: Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison
770−423−6203
fharris4@kennesaw.edu

Writer: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−423−3448 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (July 20‚ 2007) — Just like Braves baseball and trips to Stone Mountain‚ it’s metro Atlanta’s unfortunate rite of summer: as the sun swelters‚ smog builds‚ clogging lungs and major traffic arteries with commuters going nowhere in a hurry.

Kennesaw State is doing its part to help ease this problem with KSUride — combining vanpools‚ carpools‚ transit discounts and other incentives to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

KSUride will host a vanpool meeting for KSU community members at noon on July 24 in the dining hall addition of the Carmichael Student Center for individuals interested in starting another vanpool route‚ according to Lashonda Scott‚ a transportation coordinator with the KSUride program.

KSUride works with CobbRides‚ a public−private partnership with the Town Center Area Community Improvement District (CID)‚ designed to address traffic congestion and air quality problems in the area.

A second CobbRides vanpool was recently started at KSU‚ involving a group of employees from Plant Operations.

Vanpools cost only $50 a month per passenger‚ including gas. With gas prices hovering around $3 a gallon‚ vanpools can significantly lower commuting costs. A minimum of seven passengers are required to start a vanpool.

“Vanpools‚ along with other measures like carpooling and use of transit‚ such as Cobb Community Transit‚ can help save KSU commuters money and hassles‚” Scott said.

In 2006‚ the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named KSU one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters among colleges and universities‚ recognizing employers who offer outstanding commuter benefits for their employees.

For more information about KSUride or commuting alternatives‚ visit www.ksuride.com or contact Lashonda Scott at 770−499−3321 or lscott24@kennesaw.edu.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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