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At PSU: 'Alternative' transportation now the norm

Ecotrope | Jan. 31, 2011 11:30 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:41 p.m.

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One possible reason so many PSU students, faculty and staff commute to school on public transportation: The new MAX Green line delivers them right to campus.

One possible reason so many PSU students, faculty and staff commute to school on public transportation: The new MAX Green line delivers them right to campus.

Three-quarters of the students and employees at Portland State University commute to campus without a car, according to a new transportation survey.

With about a quarter of the school’s commuters driving in 2010, the number of car trips to campus are about half of what they were 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, 12 percent of trips are made by bike – up from 3 percent for students and 5 percent for employees in 2000.

The bus, the MAX train and the Portland Streetcar are now the most popular ways to get to PSU - together accounting for 44 percent of the trips to campus by staff and faculty and 40 percent of trips by students in fall 2010. The electronic survey quizzed 960 of 5,000 employees and 1,109 of the school’s 30,000 students.

The school, located in downtown Portland, claims to have paved the way toward turning alternative transportation into the norm with special features such as:

•    More than 2,000 bicycle parking spots, including indoor spots in two new bike garages;

•    A new on-campus bike repair shop called the PSU Bike Hub;

•    Portland’s first Cycle Track, an enhanced bike lane through campus;

•    Discounted student and employee transit passes; and

•    The new MAX Green Line train to PSU, making the campus a hub for light-rail trains, streetcars, and multiple bus lines.

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