Denver,
09
July
2018
|
04:17 PM
America/Denver

University of Denver Launches New Shuttle Program

Partnership with Chariot is the first in Colorado, providing service to DU community members

Beginning today, the University of Denver is the first in Colorado to pilot a new service provided by Chariot shuttles. Subsidized for all students, faculty and staff by DU IMPACT 2025 funding, Chariot will provide rides along two designated routes around the perimeter of campus.

“Our partnership with Chariot provides another opportunity for our community to use public transportation and work towards the university’s sustainability goals,” said Chad King, university sustainability coordinator. “This program is another positive step toward turning our vision for a vibrant DU District into reality.”

Starting July 9, students, faculty and staff can ride the shuttle from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Stops will include the University of Denver light rail station, the new administrative building and four other locations around campus. Users can reserve their ride by downloading Chariot’s mobile app from iTunes or Google Play. For instructions on how to operate the app and reserve a ride, click here. By this fall, the University hopes to expand the service to its neighboring communities. Initially, the University will have access to two shuttles, one of which will be ADA compliant.

"At Chariot, one of our major initiatives is providing first-and-last mile services from transit hubs to commuters’ final destinations," said Chariot CEO Dan Grossman. "We're looking forward to helping the DU community easily get around campus, and being another sustainable transportation option people can rely on in the greater area."

The University’s partnership with Chariot follows another recent initiative undertaken to provide innovative sustainable transportation options for its community members. In May of this year, the University began a pilot with ofo, a dockless bikeshare program available on and around campus. The University also has permanent parking spots for two Car2Go cars on campus and provides a discount code to DU students.

One aspect of the Denver Advantage, a multi-phase campus development plan, involves blurring the boundaries between campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. The first major project, announced last spring, includes three new campus facilities which begin construction this summer: a community commons, first-year residence hall and Pioneer Career Achievement Center.