In the Community

Green Transit

Crews installed a new Hubway bike-sharing station on the UMass Boston campus in September 2012.

UMass Boston is Boston’s only public university and a commuter school of more than 16,000. 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. 

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:

In 2012, UMass Boston joined a innovative network. Hubway, providing bike-share kiosks in Boston and Cambridge, expanded its scope and connected the HarborWalk at UMass Boston and the JFK/UMass MBTA station to a network of bike share kiosks all over Boston and Cambridge.

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.

UMass Boston was awarded the Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Leadership Award in 2015. It also earned this recognition from 2011 through 2014.