Purpool is a workplace-based social networking site that promotes ridesharing as community-building activity. Purpool was conceived in 2006 by Peter Ohring and Brooke Singer, members of the new media faculty at Purchase. Development of the current version is supported by an award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
In 2008–09, Purchase College entered into a pilot agreement with Zipcar Inc. to create a ridesharing program. There are two Zipcars on campus that are available to students, faculty, and staff on a pay-per-use basis. Zipcar membership is required; membership cards can be obtained online at www.zipcar.com/zippurchase.
Purchase Loop Shuttle Bus
Faculty and staff are allowed to ride the Purchase Loop shuttle bus with a valid More Card if space is available. This shuttle service is paid for through the mandatory student services fee, and students take priority. Faculty and staff are asked to allow students to board first. The shuttle bus schedule is available at www.purchase.edu/loop. The Bee-Line Bus #12 also runs through campus (see below for information).
Metro-North Railroad | Bee-Line Bus | Taxis
Bee-Line metrocards are sold at the Parking and Transportation Office in Campus Center North. The Central Taxi company of White Plains offers all Purchase employees a flat rate of $13 for transportation from the Metro-North train station to the campus.
Public Transportation and NYS-Ride
NYS-Ride (pronounced NICE Ride) allows NY State employees to save money on a monthly basis on eligible public transportation expenses through pretax payroll deductions. The program is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and administered by WageWorks. Qualifying commuter costs include van pools, ferries, buses, subways, and trains.
NYS-Ride program participants can also use the WageWorks Commuter Card to purchase tickets and passes at MTA ticket vending machines and many other transit providers in the greater New York metropolitan area, including NJ Transit, NY WaterWay, and Amtrak.
For more information, please visit http://worklife.ny.gov/nysride/index.html.
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