campusLink funded for two more years

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News release from Citilink:

campusLink funded for two more years

Ivy Tech Community College?Northeast (Ivy Tech) and Indiana University?Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) have agreed to fund two more school years of their partnership with the Fort Wayne Public Transportation Corporation (Citilink) to provide the campusLink shuttle service to students, faculty, staff and the general public – beginning again on August 20, 2012.

The free campus shuttle was previously funded as a demonstration project of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for the first three years of operation. The CMAQ grant required a 20% local share match of which was shared equally by Ivy Tech and IPFW. The next two school years of service (thru spring of 2014) will be funded by a Job Access & Reverse Commute (JARC) grant that requires a 50% match. The schools have again agreed to split the required match.

A total of 6,340 Citilink 31 day passes were sold at a discount with a subsidy included in the three year CMAQ grant. This is not an eligible project for the JARC grant funding; however, Citilink and the universities have agreed to continue this popular program at the current 20% subsidy. These passes will continue to be available for IPFW & Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff for $36.00 from the IPFW and Ivy Tech Bursar’s offices.

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 campusLink riders, almost 50% ride 4-5 days per week. Service satisfaction was high on all indicators (65-90% satisfaction ratings). Total campusLink shuttle ridership for the first three years of the service was 160,731 passenger trips. Ridership increased 42% from year one to year two, and it increased and 27% in year three. On average, a public transit ridership increase of 5-10% is considered exceptional. Most recent usage shows a 50/50 split between IPFW and Ivy Tech affiliated passengers.

The campusLink route includes stops between Ivy Tech’s Coliseum and North campuses, IPFW and its student housing on the Waterfield Campus and some shopping and residential areas. CampusLink operates Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. during the school year. The shuttle does not operate on weekends or school breaks. The route schedule and other information can be found online at www.fwcitilink.com/campuslink.

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