The University of St. Thomas was one of 12 Twin Cities’ organizations awarded the 2012 Commuter Choice Award for its successful programs that promote alternate transportation options.

St. Thomas “was recognized for its promotion of commuting options to both employees and students. The university increased its subsidy for the College Pass transit pass program, has expanded bicycle parking on its campuses as well as sponsoring a Nice Ride Minnesota bike sharing station on campus,” according to the Metro Transit website.

Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations  – 494 Commuter Services, Anoka County Commute Solutions, Minneapolis Commuter Connection and St. Paul Smart Trips – sponsor the 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.

Bob Douglas, coordinator of Recycling and Central Receiving and Sustainability Committee chair, and Diane Kaardal, Parking Services manager, accepted the award Nov. 7 on behalf of John Hershey, University Relations, who penned the application, at an event held in Columbia Heights, Minn.