University of Mary Washington strives to improve transportation energy efficiency on all campuses through sustainable management and practices pertaining to parking, fleet transportation, alternative transportation and individual behaviors.
II. Methods to Achieve an Effective Travel Energy Efficiency Program
A. Individual Behavior
Individuals are encouraged to consider alternative practices to reduce energy expenditures, to include: carpooling to meetings, use of video conferencing and conference calls in lieu of in-person meetings, and purchasing of alternative fuels where available.
B. Alternative Transportation
1. Alternative Transportation promotes and encourages alternative modes of transportation (bicycling, walking, vanpooing, carpooling, riding transit, etc.) to get to, from, and around campus instead of a single occupancy vehicle (SOV). This will result in fewer cars on campus and on the roads, reduced demand for parking spaces, less traffic congestion, fewer vehicle/pedestrian conflicts, and less air pollution. Specific programs and initiatives include:
2. The FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) buses are FREE to University faculty, staff, and students with presentation of their UMW ID card. For more information call 540/372-1222 or visit the web site at www.ridefred.com
3. Information on AMTRAK, Virginia Railway Express, Metrorail and Greyhound Bus Lines is available at www.umw.edu/sustainability
Reduction of single occupancy vehicle use is encouraged through the use of University vans. Student clubs and organizations as well as faculty and staff are encouraged to reserve University vans for transportation. Information on transportation services is available at www.umw.edu/facilities/transportation_services
D. Bicycle Power!
Biking is encouraged for getting around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, including downtown Fredericksburg, which is considered bike friendly due to its wide one-way streets. Bike racks are available throughout campus are provided in all new construction and renovation.