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SGA offers carpool option to save money and environment to UTPA community; meeting scheduled Nov. 25
Contact: University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 11/20/2008
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The Student Government Association at The University of Texas-Pan American is offering students, faculty and staff the opportunity to save the Earth and gas money through its new and free ridesharing/carpool service via AlterNet Rides.

Members of the UTPA community are invited to attend an informational session, hosted by SGA, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Student Union Commons, to hear how they can organize carpools to commute to campus through AlterNet Rides, a carpool/rideshare Web site that is currently being used by universities and colleges across the country. Higher education institutions in the state currently using AlterNet Rides include Texas A&M-Kingsville, The University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Texas at El Paso. To sign up for the service, all that is required is a valid e-mail address.

According to the SGA Web site, this new service will connect UTPA student drivers and riders who need a ride to campus or who are trying to save gas money by sharing the cost with others. In addition to saving money, those who use the ride sharing service will also be helping alleviate traffic congestion on the roadways and around campus, and eliminate the use of some parking spaces.

To learn more about the ridesharing/carpool service via AlterNet Rides, visit the SGA Web site at www.utpa.edu/sga or call 956/381-2517.