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UHD and Metro partner up to provide additional transportation to students

UHD subsidizes METRO fare costs to students, faculty and staff

By Diana Ambrosio

UHD Parking & Transportation Services continues to partner up with METRO to provide an additional mode of transportation, dubbed RideSponsor.

This program is available for UHD students, faculty, and staff who rely on METRO to travel to the UHD campus. UHD will sponsor 25% of the monthly fare cost for participants of the RideSponsor program.

There are four zones across the Houston metropolitan area that have been predetermined by METRO. The cost of public transportation varies from zone to zone.

Participants will receive a METRO Q fare card with the subsidized 25% monthly fare depending on the zone they live in. University students will exclusively get extra savings via a second Q card that grants a 50% discount to METRO’s fares.

The RideSponsor program first rolled out in the fall of 2017. It has garnered support from the UHD community these past years like Indira Zaldivar, The Dateline’s editor.

“I love it because I get to commute by METRO for free with this program,” Zaldivar said. “The stress-free bus ride is an advantage over having to drive for 20 to 40 minutes (with traffic) to school on the nation’s second deadliest interstate! Riding the bus helps me feel safer than driving a car and helps the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions.”

Participants of the RideSponsor will not be able to purchase a UHD parking permit. However, participants will have four parking validations per month to allow for any extenuating circumstances that require them to drive to campus instead of public transportation. The METRO Q card will be reloaded once the card’s balance is at $5 or below. The card will be reloaded only once a month if needed.

Visit the UHD Parking & Transportation Services in room N117 to enroll in the program! A form must be filled out before you can become eligible. They are open from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, you can contact them by email at​ or call them on 713-221-8127.​

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Last updated 1/19/2022 6:07 AM