Voters Approve CCC Bond Measure(1)

Article by: Janet Paulson

OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College will share in $2.1 million in federal grant awards from Metro aimed at making it easier for area residents to walk, bike, take transit and share rides. CCC will receive $85,000 from the Regional Travel Options grant to support the Student Transportation Initiative that will help students find new transportation options to get to class.

Specifically, the grant proceeds will be used to create a transportation system coordinator position at the college. The need for the position was identified in an eight-month study of the transportation infrastructure at CCC, including its free shuttle program, connectivity between campuses, parking and existing public transit routes.

The Comprehensive Transportation Study for the college was created by Adam Moore, a civil engineer, who came to CCC from the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium through the Hatfield Resident Fellows program at Portland State University's Center for Public Service.

CCC serves a large geographic area that includes much of Clackamas County. In a 2013 community engagement process, Imagine Clackamas, survey results indicated that transportation was one of the greatest barriers for students at the college. The research conducted by Moore found that:

  • More than 20 percent of CCC students report that they have been forced to drop one or more classes due to a transportation problem or barrier.
  • More than 70 percent of students travel to CCC in single occupancy vehicles, and only 6 percent rideshare or carpool.
  • Although all three campuses are served by multiple transit agencies, more than 50 percent of students aged 18-21 reported that they would not know how to take a bus or train or where to find information on transit if they needed to.

CCC has responded to student needs by increasing service for the free shuttle that provides transportation from the end of the Green Max Line at Clackamas Town Center to the Oregon City and Harmony campuses. The Metro grant will enable the college to enhance student access to transportation options through a variety of strategies including hiring the transportation system coordinator.

For more information about the grant at CCC, contact Jim Huckestein, vice president of College Services, at 503-594-3010.

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