UMass Boston is Boston’s only public university and a commuter school of more than 17,000. 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:
- Shuttle buses
- Discounted transit passes
- Cars and fleet on demand
- Alternative commuting rewards program (NuRIDE with MassRIDES for Carpooling and Vanpooling)
- Bike-sharing program
- Emergency Ride Home program for staff (contact Human Resources for details)
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 2016 Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Leadership Award (also awarded for the years 2011-2015), a 2016 Spotlight Award for Walkability, and its first-ever Pinnacle Level Award — the state's highest award for eco-friendly commuting — at MassDOT’s Excellence in Commuter Options Awards in 2017.