Urging the University to Support and Partially Fund Fare-Free Transit in the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro

RESOLUTION OF THE EMPLOYEE FORUM

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

March 7, 2001

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Employee Forum is to address constructively the concerns of the Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and

WHEREAS these concerns include the transportation of Employees, faculty and students to and from the University campus; and

WHEREAS, due to upcoming construction, the University will face a net deficit of 5000 parking spaces in the next five years; and

WHEREAS, the Student Body of the University voted overwhelmingly in February 2001 to raise student fees to support and fund partially fare-free transit service for the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro; and

WHEREAS, the provision of fare-free service would increase bus usage by Employees, faculty and students, as well as Town citizens; and

WHEREAS, increasing bus usage would decrease traffic and pollution in the Towns and the University campus; and

WHEREAS, establishing a fare-free service would provide a substantial and concrete financial benefit to the less wealthy Employees, faculty, students and Town citizens who rely or will rely on the bus service for transportation

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Employee Forum encourages the Chancellor and Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to find funds to support proportionally the establishment of fare-free service in the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, in coordination with the Towns and the Student Body of the University

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Employee Forum urges that the University begin its support in the year when student fees are scheduled to be dedicated to this service, namely the 2001-2002 academic year

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Employee Forum urges that the University work with Town officials to find methods to increase service to 440 West Franklin Street, 720 and 725 Airport Road, and the Giles Horney Building and Facilities Service complex, so that the transportation gains provided assist University Employees in the conduct of their work.

Signed on Behalf of the Delegates of the Employee Forum,

Chair John Heuer

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