UMass Boston is Boston’s only public university and a commuter school of more than 15,000. As a commuter school on the peninsula, parking and access to transit via the MBTA Red Line JFK/UMass station is crucial for access to the campus.
Approximately half of the population utilizes the many eco-friendly transit program offerings available, including:
- discounted student and pre-tax transit and parking passes
- carpool, vanpool, and rideshare options with MassRIDES
- racks for bikes
- spaces for motorcycles
These transit alternatives are critical to reducing the pressure on parking availability on the harbor campus.
UMass Boston’s Office of Parking and Transportation also works with the campus Sustainability Program on many other initiatives including clean technology hybrid buses. In 2005, the campus debuted hybrid bus trials that were well received by the campus. Since then, an increasing number of diesel-electric hybrid buses have become part of the campus fleet. Our campus always appreciates the logos that the UMass buses sport when leaving the transit station that say “Environmentally-proactive with Hybrid Propulsion”.
As the campus engages in master planning and expands, UMass Boston looks forward to green transit, alternative commute options, bike paths around the harbor, and increased green space.
UMass Boston's sustainable transit features include:
- Eco-friendly buses
- Discounted transit passes
- Cars and fleet on demand
- Alternative Commuting Rewards Program: NURIDE with MassRIDES for Carpooling and Vanpooling
MassRIDES and UMass Boston work together to offer informational sessions during orientations and to help educate commuters about
rideshare programs and other eco-friendly transit programs such as public transit, walking, or bicycling.
In 2011, UMass Boston was awarded an Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award.