BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 15, 2010 – In days past, messages were hand written on ride boards. More recently, numerous carpool pages popped up on Facebook. Now, Virginia Tech’s Alternative Transportation division has launched an online ride board that will become a central location for easy carpooling among students.
The ride board provides a great opportunity for students to get home without having mom and dad travel to Blacksburg for holiday breaks and feeling stranded on campus when you need to get home or anywhere else is now easily remedied with the use of the ride board.
Log in with your Virginia Tech PID and password and search the ride board for a trip or create a post for your own trip. The system easily allows contact via e-mail if users find something matching their travel needs.
With a fully functional, official ride board in place, carpoolers will be able to easily link up and find rides to and from locations that do not have easy access to other public transportation options.
The ride board aims to encourage on-campus students to leave their car at home.
“Students have been asking for an easy way to find others to carpool with to get home or to other destinations,” said Debby Freed, alternative transportation manager. “The ride board will allow students to leave their cars at home, rather than bring them to campus, knowing that if needed, the ride board can help them find a ride.”
In addition to the ride board, Virginia Tech students have several other options available to them such as riding the bus, bike, or walking.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.