As more people start to commute downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College faculty are thinking about the effect of the college’s carbon footprint and the cost of transportation.
At Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Adjunct Instructor Amy Pattullo and Faculty Association President Fred Van Hartesveldt will propose a bus transit subsidy for students, faculty and staff.
“We’re proposing that the college subsidize riding The Rapid bus … to the point of everybody being able to ride for 25 cents a ride,” Pattullo said. “So that would be an 80 cents subsidy on the part of GRCC for every ride.”
Pattullo said the proposal has to do with helping students who can’t always afford parking or daily transportation costs and being more “green.”
Now, students can purchase a discounted 10-ride Rapid pass in Student Life for $10.50, which brings the cost per ride down to $1.05. A single ride on the bus is $1.50.
As far as the cost to the college, Pattullo doesn’t think students should have to pay a part in a tuition fee.
“It’s something (GRCC) should find a way to pay for,” Pattullo said.
Pattullo suggested that downtown leaders, like Spectrum Health, and the Chamber of Commerce, should be discussing these things in meetings with GRCC administration.
“Being a good community neighbor, that is something we should be encouraging,” Pattullo said.
The next GRCC board meeting will take place at 4:15 p.m. today, April 16, on the fifth floor of the Main Building.