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Alternative transportation programs at UT Dallas are making it easier than ever to get around campus and the surrounding community without owning a car.

The Comet Cruiser

The University has added a second Comet Cruiser route to serve students who live near Preston Road's intersection with the tollroad.

Using bikes, buses and car-sharing programs is becoming more appealing, given increasing fuel prices, limited on-campus parking and a campus that’s mostly pedestrian-friendly.

“As we continue to grow, UT Dallas has made a conscious effort to enhance our options for moving individuals throughout the campus community,” said Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for administration.

“From bicycling and Comet Cabs to Zipcars and extended bus routes, we want to provide alternatives that keep the campus traffic flow smooth, pedestrian friendly, efficient  and safe for the UT Dallas community, no matter how they choose to get around campus,” Jamison said.

Nate Fairbank, Student Government vice president, said he prefers to use a bike instead of a car to get to classes.  

bike repair station

New repair stations cater to the growing number of bike riders on campus.

Bicyclists Operate Under
State's Rules of the Road

Bikes are an increasingly popular way to get around campus. Remember that in Texas, bicycles are considered vehicles.

UT Dallas bicyclists must obey all traffic laws, signs and signals, including the following:

  • Stop at stop signs.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Display proper lights on your bike.
  • Ride with the traffic flow on designated "one-way" streets, in designated bicycle lanes.

Remember that pedestrians always have the right of way.

Make sure your bike has a bell, and use it to alert pedestrians of your presence.

Always lock your bicycle to avoid theft.

Lock your bike only to a bike rack – not a tree, bench or table – or it will be confiscated.

“Our campus isn’t really large enough to make driving point to point worthwhile. It’s a pain to find parking close to your destination, and you use gas and hurt the environment,” Fairbank said.

“I love biking around campus because it’s fast, and for me, more fun. Once I’m on my bike, I can get anywhere on campus in two minutes flat, which is really nice. It means I can hit the 'snooze' alarm one extra time in the morning,” Fairbank said.

Cyclists can stow their bikes at one of 1,500 slots at more than 150 bike racks on campus. The racks are located near every residence hall and apartment building, and near an entrance to every academic and recreational building on campus.

Commuters can even take their bikes on Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses, using easy-to-use bike racks on the front of the buses.   

Avid bicyclists can now perform minor repairs for free at any of five new bicycle repair stations on campus. The Dero Fixit stations each have wrenches, screwdrivers and an air pump needed to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, such as changing a flat, adjusting brakes, fixing a loose chain or tightening nuts and bolts.

“Pretty much anytime I see anyone with a bike and they’re fiddling with it, I let them know about the stations,” said Elena Morten, parking enforcement supervisor. “Usually their reaction is, ‘Wow. That’s so cool!’”

The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with cables and fasteners. The bikes can be hoisted up to allow pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. Users can even scan a QR code with their smartphones to get links to videos with instructions for making basic repairs.

The repair station’s air pump works with Schrader valves, the most commonly used valve for bikes and cars; and presta valves used on high-performance wheels, but which are not always compatible with the pumps found at gas stations.

Bike repair stations are located at Residence Halls North and South, University Village (Phase 8) Mail Center north of Lot H, the north door of the Activities Center and the northwest corner of Green Hall.

Car-sharing

Zipcars at UT Dallas

For students who only occasionally need automobiles, the Zipcar fleet makes it possible to rent wheels by the hour.

UT Dallas has partnered with the car-sharing network Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. The University has six cars in its fleet, including two hybrid vehicles and a small SUV.

Students 18 and older with a valid driver’s license held for at least one year pay a $25 annual fee to join the program. The service also is available to faculty and staff, as well as members of the community age 21 and over.  

Members reserve a car online and use their Zipcards to pick it up at one of several locations on campus. Cars are returned to the same location where they were picked up. Rates vary but start at $7 an hour. Gas, insurance and maintenance are included. Mileage is free if the trip is less than 180 miles.

UT Dallas Sustainability Manager Thea Junt helped bring the environmentally friendly service to campus.

“It helps gives students freedom to go where they want, when they want,” Junt said. “It maximizes the use of a car by having so many share the vehicle.”

For more information, including how to become a member, check the UT Dallas Zipcar website.

Car-charging stations

Ben Piper at charging station

Ben Piper, assistant director for Recreational Sports, uses one of the eight charging stations on the UT Dallas campus to charge up his Chevy Volt.

Rising gas prices are driving sales of electric and hybrid vehicles for commuters. UT Dallas can now accommodate the need to recharge with eight electric car-charging stations dotted across campus.

Users must be members of the Blink Network, and must have a parking permit that is level Gold or better to park in the car-charging spaces. The higher permit level helps cover the cost of electricity for the year.

Guests with a visitor’s pass may use pay-by-space car-charging locations in Lot K near the Student Services Building (SSB). Students in residential housing may purchase a gold permit to have access to car-charging spaces or use the pay-by-space locations in Lot K.  

Blink cards enable users to begin charging. It takes about four hours to get a full charge. 

Two stations are located at each of the following: the Research and Operation Center near Waterview and Drive A; in Lot I near the Clark Center; in Lot J near the Activity Center; and Lot K near the SSB.

Comet Cruiser Adds Bus Route

UT Dallas operates free campus shuttle buses in cooperation with DART to connect the University to the DART Light Rail system and local residential and shopping areas. The buses are also open to the public; no pass or identification is needed.

New Comet Cruiser Route 884 was added in July to accommodate UT Dallas students living in apartments near Preston Road and the President George Bush Turnpike. Buses depart Lloyd Drive on the hour, and will leave campus from the traffic circle near the Visitor Center at half-past every hour.

Route 884 makes round trips from campus to Lloyd Drive from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. There is no service on Saturdays, but DART buses 350 and 362 can be used to travel the route.

DART Route 883 links campus with the George Bush Turnpike rail station and local residential and shopping areas, including an hourly Wal-Mart run on Fridays and Sundays.

Route 883 travels from the Bush Turnpike Station to Berkner on Rutford Drive to McCallum Blvd, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For bus schedules and route maps, visit the Comet Cruiser webpage.

For updates on delays and route changes via Twitter, follow http://twitter.com/#!/utdcometcruiser. To receive email or text alerts on parking lot closures or bus delays, visit utdallas.edu/getaround.

Comet Cab Shuttles Students

Comet Cabs, a weekday shuttle service at UT Dallas, provides free transportation from parking lots and residence halls to campus buildings.

The Comet Cab

The Comet Cab shuttle service ferries riders between parking lots, residence halls and campus buildings.

Paul Smith, parking and transportation manager, said the shuttles have been popular for students, particularly if they have classes far from their residence halls.

“Students are pleasantly surprised and excited,” Smith said. “The Comet Cabs are a convenient way to get across campus quickly.”

The 14-seat, electric vehicles operate two regular routes during peak parking hours, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Comet Cabs typically come every 10 minutes. They may also be waved down to pick up passengers anywhere along its circuit.

The A&B Lot Campus Shuttle vehicles run a continuous loop from the walkway between the remote areas of parking Lots A and B, traveling southwest to the Green Hall bridge and continuing south to the McDermott Library walkway, then further south into parking Lot Q, which serves the Naveen Jindal School of Management, before returning.

The Res Halls Campus Shuttle travels from the southeast corner of Residence Hall West, going eastbound on Loop Road between Residence Halls North and South. The Comet Cab turns south on Rutford Avenue and stops at the closest crosswalk to the passenger’s destination. The cab turns left at Drive A and travels eastbound to the Activities Center Driveway, where it holds momentarily before returning back the same route.

For more information, call 972-883-7777 or visit utdallas.edu/getaround.

 

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Parking and Transportation Services

Parking

What They Do

They handle all parking services on campus for special events. They approve reservations for parking spaces to accommodate special events, distribute visitor parking passes, assign LUKE coupon codes, assist with specialized campus parking maps and provide event greeters.

Request Parking Passes for Your Visitors

Departments who wish to request a parking pass for their guest should submit their request here. These forms must be submitted at least two business days in advance to guarantee fulfillment. Visitor parking request forms are for guests or events that have less than 20 people and solely need parking permits. Any events that have more than 20 people, require a greeter, a Comet Cab, or any event requiring the use of a LUKE coupon code must fill out an event form.

Request Parking for Your Special Event

Departments who wish to request a parking pass for their special event must fill out an event registration form. An event registration form is required for any request that:

Special event forms must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance to guarantee parking arrangements can be made. Special event parking is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot guarantee that parking will be available for large events when submitted on a busy day, or at the last-minute.

Parking spaces can be reserved for your event. To reserve parking, an Event Greeter is required. An Event Greeter is responsible for blocking off your parking spaces, opening spaces as your guests arrive, ensuring guests are aware of parking rules and regulations, assisting with LUKE coupon code entry, and directing your guests to the correct building. Greeters may be supplied by your own department by utilizing your own staff members, but Parking Services also can arrange Greeters for you.

The price to reserve an Event Greeter is:

  • $10.00/hour per greeter for weekday service
  • $12.00/hour per greeter for weekend service

Transportation Services

What They Do

They can assist with arranging charter transportation off-campus via University approved vendors. They also arrange on-campus special event shuttling from remote parking lots to event locations, campus tours, and point-to-point transportation via the Comet Cab shuttle service.

Arrange Off-Campus Charter Transportation for Your Special Event

Transportation Services can help you arrange transportation for your local event, group travel, airport transfers, or mini-tour. Buses used for event transportation are not supplied by UT Dallas, but are chartered through University approved vendors. Transportation Services must approve all campus shuttle routes and charter bus pick-up and drop-off locations, and any bus parking on campus.

Contact Transportation Services at [email protected] for assistance in arranging charter transportation.

Arrange On-Campus Shuttle Service for Your Special Event

Transportation Services can help you arrange transportation for your on-campus event. This includes shuttling guests from remote parking lots to the event location, conducting campus tours, and providing point-to-point transportation on campus. Comet Cabs are utilized for on-campus shuttling. To reserve a Comet Cab shuttle, a Transportation Services driver is required. Drivers cannot be supplied by your own department; only Transportation Services drivers are allowed to operate shuttles.

The price to reserve Comet Cab service is:

  • $15.00/hour per driver for weekday service
  • $18.00/hour per driver for weekend service

Departments who wish to request shuttle service for their special event must fill out an event registration form. An event registration form is required for any request that:

Special event forms must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance to guarantee transportation arrangements can be made. Special event transportation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we cannot guarantee that transportation will be available for large events when submitted on a busy day, or at the last-minute.

Some transportation events require an Event Greeter. Event Greeters may be supplied by your own department by utilizing your own staff members, but Parking Services also can arrange Greeters for you.

The price to reserve an Event Greeter is:

  • $10.00/hour per greeter for weekday service
  • $12.00/hour per greeter for weekend service

When shuttling from remote lots, you may also request an event tent or a 25-foot flag to mark the gathering place for event attendees, making it clear where to go once guests arrive to campus using their designated entrance and parking lot assignments. An event greeter is required for this service.

When shuttling for campus tours, please note that vehicular traffic is not allowed on some areas of campus. Due to this, be sure to include a list of buildings or landmarks you would like to be highlighted in the tour so a shuttle route can be designed. Transportation Services must approve all campus tour routes. The Comet Cab Driver cannot act as a driver and a tour guide. You can also request an Event Greeter to conduct the speaking portion of your tour.

When shuttling for on-campus point-to-point transportation, please note that vehicular traffic is not allowed on some areas of campus. Due to this, be sure to include an itinerary of pick-up and drop-off locations and times so a shuttle route can be designed, and your shuttle service can be properly scheduled. Transportation Services must approve all campus shuttle routes and pick-up and drop-off locations.

How To Contact Parking & Transportation

Web: Parking & Transportation Services
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (972) 883-7777
Office: Parking Structure 3 (PS3) 1.200

Sours: https://www.utdallas.edu/events/process/transportation_services/
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Commuting

Parking and Transportation Office

The UT Dallas Parking and Transportation Office makes it easy to get around on and off campus. Learn about parking and transportation services provided to UT Dallas students.

Parking — All students must purchase a parking permit to park on campus. Parking permits can be purchased online, you can also buy a permit in-person from the Parking Office (PS3 1.200) or the Bursar Office (SSB 2.300).

Comet Cabs—Comet Cabs transport students between parking lots, campus buildings, the Residence Halls and the University Village Apartments. You can wave down a Comet Cab at any safe point along its route that doesn't obstruct traffic. There are 4 different routes that Comet Cabs take around campus.

Comet Cruiser — The Comet Cruiser is a DART shuttle bus (Route 883) that serves UT Dallas and the surrounding community. You do not need any sort of pass to use this bus, but other buses/train services will require a DART pass.

DART — If you are a UT Dallas student enrolled in the current semester with a valid Comet Card, you can apply for a free DART Student Transit Pass. This pass will allow you to ride all DART buses and trains, as well as the Trinity Railway Express.

Zipcar — UT Dallas has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. Membership in this car sharing club is available through UT Dallas at special rates to students. Learn more about Zipcar through parkinig and transportation services.

 

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Transportation

Airport Shuttle Information

DFW Airport is the larger airport with the most national/international flights.  From DFW airport, you will need to get a shuttle or taxi, or rental car.  If renting a car, travel time to/from airport is approximately 60 minutes.  With taxi or airport shuttle, it may be longer depending on the number of stops.

Dallas Love Field is the smaller airport with Southwest Airlines being the major airline to cities within Texas and surrounding states.  It is approximately 40 minutes by shuttle to the DoubleTree in Richardson.

Below are a few shuttle service websites for either DFW or Love Field:


Directions to UT Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080

A printable Directions to UT Dallas Map is available for download at: http://www.utdallas.edu/pdf/directions.pdf (requires Adobe Reader).

A printable UT Dallas Campus Map is available for download at: http://www.utdallas.edu/pdf/campusmap.pdf  (Requires Adobe Reader).

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