The college’s $27-per-student transportation fee merits a closer examination, members of Lane’s student government decided at their Jan. 29 meeting.
The fee, one of five every student on the main campus pays each term, helps cover student bus passes, in addition to BikeLane, a program to encourage cycling to and from campus, and Zimride, a carpool network for students and staff. Students who attend classes off the main campus pay only a $5 transportation fee each term.
ASLCC Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed sits on the Transportation Fee Committee, and said the fee’s account currently has a surplus. However, since the college’s addition of a downtown campus, parking costs have gone up by $28,000, putting stress on the fee’s account, Weed said.
“They’re looking at getting rid of some programs students utilize,” Weed said, adding he thought that could be a mistake.
Weed said the Zimride program has its merits, but that the committee is also evaluating it.
“(Zimride) was started by students two years ago, more students would use it if they promoted it,” said ASLCC Faculty Adviser Barb Delansky.
ASLCC Vice President Anayeli Jiminez added further discussion to the agenda for the Feb. 5 meeting of the ASLCC Senate meeting.
Weed said he hopes students who care about their fees attend the meeting and give their input, so he can bring their ideas back to the Transportation Fee Committee.
“They want student input on potential things,” Weed said.
The ASLCC meeting will be held Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Building 3 boardroom.