Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 3, 2004
Cal State L.A.'s Innovative Rideshare Program Receives Diamond Award
California State University, Los Angeles' Commuter Services was recently presented
a Rideshare Diamond Award in the Innovative Rideshare Program category for its
Electrical Vehicle Program at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Metro along with the Ventura County Transportation Commission honored Cal State L.A.
among those employers in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties that have demonstrated
outstanding achievement in the development and implementation of innovative and
successful rideshare programs for their employees. A panel of judges representing
the five county transportation commissions in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San
Bernardino and Ventura reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.
CSULA Commuter Services was awarded the honor for its efforts in securing electric
vehicles (EV) for campus commuters as part of its Rideshare Program. In December
2001, Cal State L.A. received funding from the Department of Water & Power to
install electric vehicle charging stations on campus. When the installation was
completed, a variety of electric vehicles were available through an "EV Loan Program"
sponsored by the Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management
District. Campus commuters participating in the Cal State L.A. Rideshare Program
were able to borrow these vehicles during daytime hours for a limited time. After
the EV Loan Program ended, Commuter Services Program Manager Carmen Gachupin was
able to acquire more vehicles through the program's budget to continue to provide
this incentive to campus commuters.
"The primary reason many choose not to share rides is due to the uncertainty and
inconvenience of not having a vehicle during the day. However, through the
University's Electric Vehicle Program, campus commuters can be assured that they
can borrow a vehicle and go to lunch, to the bank, pick up dry-cleaning, or attend
a dental appointment when needed," explains Gachupin.
Gachupin adds, "The popularity of this program led a CSULA employee Glenn Rehl to
lease his own electric vehicle. He parks in a reserved electric vehicle parking
space for free, charges the vehicle while he's working on campus, can use the
carpool lane solo, and has a fully-charged car to get home. Coincidentally, he
lives near a Costco store and charges his EV there overnight!"
CSULA's Electric Vehicle Program is only offered to program participants who are
state employees (for insurance and liability purposes) and have attended a
defensive driving course offered through the Office of Environmental Health and
Safety. Since July 2001, electric vehicles available for loan included a Ford
Ranger, a Honda E Plus, a GM EV1 and a Toyota RAV4. Nissan electric vehicles are
now available for loan through the program. Electric charging stations are located
in Lots B, J and G on campus. To contact CSULA's Commuter Services office, call
Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director (323) 343-3044