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NC State University Recognized Nationally as a Best University for Commuters

Raleigh, January 31, 2022 – NC State University has been named one of the 2022 Best Universities for Commuters for offering employees and students exceptional commuter benefits.

NC State University is among a select group of universities in the United States that have achieved the Best Workplaces for Commuters National Standard of Excellence by providing exceptional commuter benefits. NC State University offers employees and students several commuter benefit options, including:

  • Wolftrails Employee/Student Commuter Program
  • Employee vanpool program through Commute with Enterprise
  • Regional ShareTheRideNC Program (ride-matching database.)
  • Emergency Ride Home Program through ShareTheRideNC
  • GoPass Regional Transit Pass, $5/year for students, $60/year for employees (currently not needed due to local transit being fare-free.)
  • Wolfline Transit System serving all three campuses and two park & ride lots

“NC State University is one of the top universities in the nation offering high-level commuter benefits to their employees and students,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters.  “They give commuters the support they need to get to and from campus and be at their best before, during, and after their workday or school day.”

“We have a robust commuter benefits program that saves employees and students time, money, and stress, but also offers flexibility when a vehicle is needed on campus,” said Than Austin, Transportation Director, NC State University. “Our partnership with the local and regional transit systems allows us to attract students and staff while helping reduce traffic congestion, and contribute to the University’s sustainability efforts.”

“Connecting our commuters to a range of transportation options is very important at NC State,” said Carolyn Caggia, Transportation Demand Manager, NC State University.  “Our WolfTrails alternative commuter program serves nearly 700 employees and students who are walking, bicycling, taking the bus, carpooling, or vanpooling to campus.”

The Best Workplaces for Commuters program offers designated universities access to a range of support services to assess and promote non-driving options for those commuting to campus, including organizational assessment and implementation tool-kits, web-based tools and webinars, staff training, and information exchange.

About NC State University (

NC State University is a land-grant institution with historical strengths in engineering, statistics, agriculture, live sciences, textiles, design and is currently a leading public research university.  One of the world’s best colleges of veterinary medicine is located on the Raleigh campus.  With a student population of more than 36,000, they are having a profound impact locally, nationally, and globally through their research and the companies they create.

About Best Workplaces for Commuters (

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create and sustain an employer-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 500 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 2,000,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)  at the University of South Florida with support from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

About Center for Urban Transportation Research (

The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, established in 1988, is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education and effective technical assistance that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors.  CUTR’s faculty of more than 37 full-time researchers and 57 students, combines academic knowledge and extensive “real world” experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation.  The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy and geography.  CUTR logs $21 million per year in expenditures through contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. CUTR is home to the National Institute of Congestion Reduction.  In 2020, CUTR was competitively selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as the national university transportation center focused on congestion.