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MCTC Receives Metro Transit's Commuter Choice Award

On Nov. 9, seven Twin Cities organizations and four individuals received Commuter Choice awards at a ceremony in St. Paul for innovation in helping people get to work without adding to traffic congestion.

Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) – Minneapolis Commuter Connection, 494 Commuter Services, St. Paul Smart Trips and Anoka County Commute Solutions – sponsored the 21st annual Commuter Choice Awards to recognize organizations, employers and individuals for their work to support or promote commuting options, including taking transit, bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and telecommuting.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College was recognized as Outstanding Educational Organization. The College subsidizes transit pass programs both for students (College Pass) and for employees (Metropass). In addition, MCTC partnered with a student transportation advocacy club, resulting in the installation of a bicycle repair station on campus and increased bicycle use and awareness at the college.

This is the third Commuter Choice award the College has received. Previous awards were received in 2007 and 2009.

Gary Westerland, director of Auxiliary Services, who was involved in coordinating the College's efforts, says, "One of the biggest joys was watching how attitudes change and lives are changed."

See Metro Transit's media release for a full listing of winners.

MCTC was also honored as a "Top Innovator" for our Transit Pass Program by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities chair of the Board of Trustees in May 2010.