Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Vanderbilt extends free rides to graduate students

Friday, August 15, 2008

A swipe of their student ID card is all graduate students at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., will need to ride the bus to school for free. The service, which has been available to Vandy’s employees for four years, was extended to these 5,500 students because most of them live off campus which means a daily commute.

The program is offered in conjunction with the city’s Metro Transit Authority, but the university pays for the ride. Read more here[end] 

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University of Queensland students who use public transit to get to campus can be fined $227 if they fail to present the new Tertiary Transport Concession Card, their university ID and their Go Card while using public transport.

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A new initiative at Marquette University is giving every freshman and sophomore student living in a university residence hall a reusable takeout container to be used at the university’s dining halls.

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St. Petersburg College and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have launched the new Universal Pass initiative, which enables SPC students and employees to ride the bus for free by showing their university ID as they board.

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Michigan State students attempting to attend football games without purchasing a ticket could be in for a surprise this season, as the university is cracking down on access to Spartan Stadium’s student section.

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