There are currently 600 million cars on the road worldwide producing 3,116 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The average U.S. vehicle produces 5.2 metric tonnes of equivalent per year—and approximately half of those trips are 3 miles or less.
Within the United States, Boston University’s campus is perhaps the best integrated, with a regional mass transit system. The Charles River Campus is organized along the MBTA’s B Line with nine campus stops along Commonwealth Avenue. Students can take the B Line to class, into the city, or to nearby universities. The C and D lines serve South Campus. Boston’s mass transit network extends beyond its subway and trolley system with four bus lines that serve the Charles River Campus. The MBTA’s Silver Line serves the Medical Campus, which also has eight bus routes. These bus lines connect the University with twelve neighboring communities. The MBTA offers a Semester T-Pass program through the University, which provides an 11% discount. Monthly T-Passes are available with pre-tax dollars for faculty and staff on the CRC through the Employee MBTA Pass Program, and on the BUMC campus, through the BUMC Parking and Transportation Office.
In September 2004 the University established the Boston University Shuttle “The BUS,” an intercampus shuttle service between the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus which now incorporates 13 stops. Service has continuously been upgraded with buses added, and hours extended, including late night and evening shuttle service along the Charles River Campus. The BUS operates on a 10 to 20 minute frequency on a daily basis depending on the time of day and has real time tracking available on mobile devices. The MIT shuttle bus also provides a link between the Charles River and MIT campuses.
Boston University is continuously improving its efforts to be a bicycle friendly campus. Between September 2008 and December 2009, BU increased its bicycle storage capacity by 137% to 3,579 spaces including bicycle cages in Warren Towers and 33 Harry Agganis Way, which totaled 525 spaces. The Charles River Campus features Boston’s first bike lanes. BU won Bike Friendly Business Awards from the City of Boston; Silver for the Medical Campus and Bronze for the Charles River Campus in 2009.
Boston University’s urban setting provides our community with many transportation options. Consistent with the University’s commitment to the environment, we encourage you to use public transportation and explore alternative commuting methods whenever possible. By doing so, you’ll help improve the overall quality of our living environment, your health, and your wallet. BU’s alternative transportation options include: