Transportation Options - Parking & Transportation Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Transportation OPTIONS

Parking & Transportation Services is pleased to announce the addition of Parking & Transportation Services OPTIONS. The OPTIONS plan is just another avenue of information for the Carnegie Mellon community to find alternative ways to travel to campus. It is your choice about the way you commute to campus, but we would like to offer you a few other options –biking, busing, carpooling, shuttle/escort service, vanpooling or walking.

The Carnegie Mellon Parking & Transportation Services office is here to help you:

bikeBIKING

Do you remember how fun riding your bike was as a kid? You can still receive the same rush, but only now we’re grown up and going to campus for work and class. Biking is a joyride for your mind and body—the perfect infusion of fun and healthy energy to get you where you need to be. Tune up your body and your budget every day – ww.bike-pgh.org.

We have bike racks available throughout the campus for bike storage, and Parking & Transportation Services has individual bicycle lockers for use by those who have a bicycle on campus, or for those who would like to commute to campus by bicycle. The lockers are made of steel and totally enclose the bicycle. There is also room for your helmet, riding shoes, etc. 8 lockers are available near Newell Simon Hall to anyone that holds a current bicycle registration (sticker on the bike). If your bike is not registered you may register for free with the Campus Police Department located in 300 S. Craig Street. Payment: Rentals are $35.00/year, plus a $5 key deposit, which will be refunded when you finish using your locker at the end of the rental period upon returning the key. The locker can be renewed for next year. If you would like to rent a locker please stop and speak with an associate from Parking & Transportation Services or call 268-2052.

busBUS 

FREE - Carnegie Mellon and Port Authority Transit (PAT) have an agreement under which benefits-eligible faculty, staff and students may ride any PAT vehicle, for either business or personal travel, without charge. Use of this option by the Carnegie Mellon community has increased tremendously since the program was introduced in the late 90’s. The rider will be required to show a valid university ID. Please visit the ID Card Office for more details. This OPTION is convenient and less stressful than driving. Sound good? Get on the bus and rest your mind. Maps and schedules to help you plan your best route are available at the Port Authority or Buskarma. Paper copies of schedules are also available in the University Center, and on the buses. No worries — just time and space to enjoy your journey.

carpoolCARPOOLING

Your car and wallet will thank you because you will be cutting down on fuel, maintenance and repair bills by leaving your car at home occasionally. So, sit back and chat with your new carpool buddies. Have some coffee. Do a crossword, read the paper, and relax and enjoy the ride. For further information, please contact Commute Information at 1-888-819.6100 – www.commuteinfo.org.

Campus community members may elect to participate in an exclusive Carnegie Mellon carpool matching system, where individuals may register based on individual preference as a driver, shared driver, or passenger. If interested in becoming a carpool participant, please visit the Carnegie Mellon Carpool Directory (Temporarily Offline). The University is offering this website as a way to assist our community members in coordinating efforts to carpool in the event of a Port Authority Transit strike or service cutback. Based on feedback from the community on the utility of the service, the University may elect in its discretion to continue this service in the future in its current or alternative format.

carshareCAR SHARING FOR THE FAMILY 

Instead of owning two cars, consider giving one of them up and joining a national car-sharing program. A second car will be available when needed through your car-sharing membership. You pay a fee to maintain your membership, and then pay-as-you-drive for use of a car shared with others in your community. More and more people are joining this money-saving, convenient program. Does it really make sense to be paying for two cars full-time? Think smart and call the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership for more information at 412-325-0158.

fuelefficientNEW FUEL EFFICIENT VEHICLE

With the rising cost of gas, are you and your family ready to purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle? If the answer is yes, then visit the Carnegie Mellon Procurement Services website for more information on the GM Supplier Discount program at www.cmu.edu/procurementservices.

parkingleasesPARKING LEASES

Parking & Transportation Services currently has parking leases available. Please contact 412-268-2052 or email parking@andrew.cmu.edu for additional details.

shuttleescortSHUTTLE/ESCORT

Carnegie Mellon University Police operate a Shuttle/Escort service on campus. The Shuttle Service operates two routes throughout the year – the Oakland route and the Pittsburgh Technology Center (PTC) route. The Escort/Demand Service operates during the academic year only. For general information and inquiries call University Police at 8-6232 or visit http://www.cmu.edu/police/shuttleandescort/index.html.

vanpoolVANPOOLING 

For those employees commuting from outlying communities, this is a perfect OPTION for making better use of your precious time. At a small cost, you can enjoy the leisure of new free time while someone else gets you to campus on time. No more daily wear-and-tear on your car. Now you can read the morning paper, catch up on or prepare for the day’s work, or grab a few extra minutes of rest. This option is also available by calling 1-888-819.6110 - www.commuteinfo.org.

walkingWALKING 

Walking is the easiest OPTION to get you to campus, and with a smile on your face. Each step saves you gas money and a lot of stress, and at the same time you are receiving the exercise that we all need. Snow shows its real beauty when you see it close-up. Say good-bye to the woes of traffic and searching for parking, and say hello to your new favorite time of day – www.walk-challenge.org.

So make good use of your transportation OPTIONS. For tips, tools and information for making your Carnegie Mellon commute safe, healthy & affordable, please contact us at: http://www.cmu.edu/parking or (412) 268-2052.

USEFUL LINKS

Bike Pittsburgh www.bike-pgh.org
Commute Info www.commuteinfo.org
Carnegie Mellon Carpool Temporarily Offline
Campus Police Shuttle http://www.cmu.edu/police/shuttleandescort/index.html
Oakland Transportation Mgmt Assoc. www.otma-pgh.org
Walk Challenge www.walk-challenge.org