A new pilot program has teamed NAU with the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority to offer free Mountain Line bus passes to NAU Flagstaff employees.

The ecoPASS program supports the environmental commitment made by NAU President John Haeger to work toward a carbon-neutral campus. The ecoPASS provides a more sustainable method of transportation for employees commuting to and from the NAU campus.

With the NAU ecoPASS, employees receive an unlimited number of bus rides on all Flagstaff public transit routes seven days a week. Passes will be valid through June 30, when NAU will evaluate the program in relation to the 2009-2010 budget situation.

NAIPTA representatives will be on campus to help employees with route planning, to answer questions and distribute passes. Employees will need to present an NAU employee ID to receive an ecoPASS sticker.

The following sessions have been scheduled:

  • 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, du Bois Center lobby
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, du Bois Center lobby
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, Applied Research and Development atrium
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, Applied Research and Development atrium

After Nov. 7, passes may be picked up between 8 a.m. and noon in the Office of Sustainability, Applied Research and Development, building 56, suite 120.

NAU will supplement the ecoPASS program with its own Mountain Campus Transit system for transportation on and around the NAU campus. Additionally, NAU employees who take the bus and need immediate transportation can also request a taxi voucher up to four times per year.