Fall semester started at IUPUI in downtown Indy this week. I will be taking some classes on campus. As such, transportation becomes a big issue. IUPUI being a commuter campus draws a lot of people from outside of the core of Indy and by extension, provide areas for those people to park their cars. The lack of a robust transit system forces the bulk of students to drive to school.
I live just in bicycling range of school and as luck would have it, this year’s students were provided with (for free with tuition) the IndyGO S-Pass, which grants free trips on all of IndyGO’s fixed routes. If tallied against the expense of 12 months worth of 31 day passes, this is a $720 value. Not a bad catch for someone who doesn’t mind using the bus.
So this morning, I finally was able to get into the transportation office during business hours and pick mine up. My plan will be bicycling to school, and taking the Route 17 bus back to Broad Ripple and riding the surface streets the rest of the way home. All to avoid paying for a parking pass and discouraging more automobile oriented facilities on the campus which could be better served by educational facilities.