Why our free passes are going digital

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Why our free passes are going digital

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This semester, Ram Van will be debuting a brand new system for distributing and using the free passes that thousands of our students receive in order to get to class at another campus.

Your University Transportation Administrators have worked tirelessly with Fordham’s own IT professionals to digitize many of our processes, resulting in a lower carbon footprint and a more efficient service.

We get it — sometimes change is scary, and it can be hard to get used to. However, we are absolutely certain that digital free passes will make life so much better for everyone at Fordham, that we want to tell you where we’re coming from.

Digital Passes Save Paper

We routinely receive feedback from the community that tells us you want us to do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint. After transitioning our entire fleet to biodiesel-fueled vehicles, our next target was reducing paper consumption. Thanks to our online reservation system, brand-new boarding tablets, and digital passes, we expect to save over 100,000 sheets of paper per year.

Digital Passes Reduce Boarding Time

The only way to use a digital pass it to apply it to a reservation you have made in the online reservation system. When you do this, you won’t need to hand anything over to the driver when boarding. All you have to do is confirm your identity and you’re on the van. It might not seem like much, but things will go way more smoothly when you don’t have to wait 14 times for someone to pull a paper pass out of their wallet or pocket and hand it over to the driver!

Digital Passes Help Ram Van Help You

We know — you’re going to have to sign up in advance every time you have to go to class. You can’t just walk up to a van whenever you want and hand over a paper pass. This may seem like an inconvenience, but it will actually force you to better manage your schedule — you know when you need to be at your class and you can easily sign up to 48 hours in advance.

How does this help you? If we see that there are 3 vans for the 3:00pm trip to Lincoln Center and they’re all full of people who are using free passes for class, we’ll know we need another van. Since everyone is signing up in advance, we can see these hours (or even days) ahead of time, giving us time to make arrangements for another van. In the past, we wouldn’t know this until less than 10 minutes before 3pm, which makes it all the harder to respond effectively.

Of course, we always appreciate your feedback, so feel free to drop us a line (ramvan@fordham.edu) to let us know how it’s going!

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