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Transportation

Emissions related to commuting by faculty, staff, and students are included in the University's carbon footprint calculaton each year.  In an effort to reduce the need for vehicles on campus, the University offers a variety of transportation services both on and off campus.

Take the Bus

The University pays the bus fare for any full-time student, faculty, and staff member to use the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) system. Travel options include a late-night loop around campus, bus service to popular destinations around the city, and partnerships with GRTC.

Come on in, the carpool's great!

Each of us can play a roll in reducing the environmental impacts related to transportation by avoiding single occupancy vehicle travel whenever possible. 

  • Zipcars are located on campus and are available to all faculty, staff, and students to encourage carpooling.
  • Ridefinders can help match carpool partners or find one-time rideshare opportunities. Ridefinders can also help create a personal commuting plan and offers an emergency ride home program for those who chose to share the ride.

Not sure whether you should carpool or take the bus? The Ridefinders calculator can help individuals determine if carpooling or taking the bus is right for you.

Get on Your Bike and Ride

One of the biggest win-wins out there is bicycling. There probably isn't a more efficient mode of transportation, it is carbon neutral (if you exclude the embodied energy in the food that is powering your body), and it is often faster than driving on campus. To help you ride, the folks over at the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness created programs and resources aimed at making bicycling easier. 

Bike Share Program (Green Bikes)

The bike share program provides an alternative form of transportation aimed at decreasing on-campus vehicle traffic and minimizing our carbon footprint. The program was launched in the fall of 2009 with 35 beach cruisers. These bright yellow bikes are for all students, faculty, and staff to use to travel to and from campus locations.

Departmental Bike Program

In the spring of 2015, a pilot of the faculty/staff departmental bike program launched. The program offers long-term loaner bikes for faculty and staff to use as transportation across campus (i.e. to meetings, the dining hall, etc.) in five different locations. If you’re interested in acquiring a bike for your department to use, please contact Lucia Anderson

Rent a Bike

Need to take a bike off campus? There are 6 mountain bikes available for rent for a weekend through the Outdoor Equipment Rental program. The bikes come fully equipped with helmets and locks. Pick yours up at the the Outdoor Adventure & Recreation (OAR) desk located in the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness.

Bike Self-Repair Racks 

If you have a flat tire or need to tighten up a loose brake cable, basic maintenance is just a short walk away. There are two self-repair stations include all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. The fix-it stations are located in front of the Weinstein Center and at the Gateway apartments.

Know Your Options

When planning a trip, think about the potential emissions as you select a mode of travel.

Consider the following emissions for a round trip from Richmond to New York City:

  • Plane: 862 lbs CO2e
  • Car: 596 lbs CO2e
  • Bus: 378 lbs CO2e
  • Train: 255 lbs CO2e

Emissions figures based on Clean-Air Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator data.

Bicycle Commuting

Bicycle commuters are encouraged to register their bikes on campus. Recreation and Wellness offers minor repair services including tire inflation if you have problems with your bike on campus. The GRTC buses and University shuttles have bike racks installed to assist with multi-modal commuting. The Virginia Bicycling Federation provides additional informaiton for cyclists in Virignia. 

Vehicle drivers: remember that Virginia law requires that you leave at least 2 feet of clearance when you pass a bicycle.