Share and Share Alike: The Share Program at the University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin has devised a pre-paid pass program that uses electronically charged and loaded debit cards that can be used by swipe readers for its low-frequency parking customers on the campus. The system, called UT Share Pass, allows employees to buy cards ahead of time and load them with cash, which can be used at any of the campus garages. While the rates are pegged at higher levels than monthly passes, to discourage overuse, cardholders can enjoy significant discounts from the regular daily rate at garages, which are priced to encourage use of under-utilized facilities. The cards are aimed at persons who only occasionally drive to campus or who have an intermittent need to move from one point to another and park. This is combined with an initiative to return the core campus to a more pedestrian-friendly setting and give greater access to central education facilities. Several card types have been used since inception, starting with a lower cost, thin, 20-point card. It has since been replaced with sturdier versions, which still have a low cost, while maintaining high levels of readability. Manual coding prior to cards' distribution allows the system to track their use. To assure users can find a place, each facility sets aside 50 slots for Share Pass cars, and once those are filled, the user cannot enter the facility. Facility readers refer cardholders to other sites. There have been more than $70,000 worth of cards sold as of September 2005, with more than 17,500 entries. Illustrations show debit reader messages and cards.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 22-27
  • Serial:
    • Parking
    • Volume: 44
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: National Parking Association
    • ISSN: 0031-2193

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 2005 3:29PM