West Virginia University’s second Transportation Week will be held from September 12-18 this year.
The week’s events are designed to highlight many alternative modes of transportation that WVU offers like the PRT, Mountain Line bus service, carpooling, WE Car short-term car rentals, and an occasional parking program for employees. Walking and biking will also be encouraged through Transportation Week.
For the 2009-10 school year, the WVU Department of Transportation and Parking has created several transportation options available to the WVU community. These programs are part of the WE GO! Campaign for Alternative Transportation, which was designed to help reduce on-campus parking demands, traffic congestion and pollution around Morgantown.
“Transportation Week is a great way to promote alternative modes of transportation to get around campus for our faculty, staff, and students,” said Hugh Kierig, director of transportation and parking. “In addition, with 2009 being the Year of Active Transport in Morgantown, our program fits in with the overall effort in the community to get people out of their cars and into other modes of transportation.”
The WVU Transportation Week schedule is:
Saturday, Sept. 12
Transportation Week starts off at the Morgantown Farmer’s Market open from 8:30 a.m.-noon located on Spruce Street and the corner of Fayette Avenue. An information booth will offer literature promoting the benefits of the WE GO! program. Free pedometers or water bottles will be given to people who walk or bike to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Try It Day: WELL WVU will be holding an event for students promoting activities like kayaking, biking, canoeing, yoga, and many other fun activities all free of charge. The event will take place at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park Amphitheatre located downtown on the Monongalia River. The PRT will be running from noon to 5 p.m., so participants can ride the PRT to this event, exit at the Walnut station and walk to the amphitheater. Contact Chris Roberts at 304-293-9764 for more information about this event.
Monday, Sept. 14
Walking Day: The WVU community is encouraged to walk to campus on this day to promote one of the cheapest and healthiest ways to travel. There will be a booth set up in the Mountainlair from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with free giveaways for anyone who walks to campus and for WVU employees who want to sign up for the occasional parker program. Information will be given out about the benefits of walking and biking.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Biking Day: Beat the traffic by taking a bike to class or to work. Bike racks are conveniently located all around campus. There will be a booth set up in the Mountainlair from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. with free giveaways for anyone who bikes to campus and for WVU employees who want to sign up for the occasional parker program.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Carpool, Vanpool, WE Car Day: There will be a booth set up in the Mountainlair from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for any students or employees who want to sign up for free online carpool matching or would like more information on vanpool or the short-term car rental program, WE Car.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Mountain Line Day: WVU students, faculty, and staff, who ride Mountain Line buses the most from Monday through Wednesday, will have a chance to win a gift card. The top three most frequent riders of the Mountain Line those days will receive gift cards.
Friday, Sept. 18
PRT Day: Ride the PRT on Friday to receive free giveaways at the Towers and Engineering stations.
For additional information on Transportation Week events and alternative modes of transportation at WVU, contact the parking management office at (304) 293-5502 or visit http://transportation.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Caitlin Shrift, Department of Transportation and Parking
(304) 293-5502 ext. 1358, CAShrift@mail.wvu.edu