Getting To and Around Campus

Terrier Transit

Does the next BUS go to the medical campus? When will the next Green Line train arrive? How long would it take to walk? A Terrier Transit app (iOS and Android) is now available so the BU community can consider all their transportation options and routes in one mobile app—BUS, MBTA buses, trolleys, and trains, walking, bicycling, Bluebikes, and Zipcar. Visit our Charles River Campus Parking & Transportation Services website or Medical Campus Parking & Transportation website for detailed, up-to-date information regarding the BU Shuttle schedule, free emergency rides home (via Uber), and subsidized transit passes.

BU Shuttle (The BUS)

BUS operations have changed in response to COVID-19. To maximize physical distance between passengers, shuttle frequencies have been adjusted and capacities have been reduced. Shuttle doors are now one-way—enter via front doors, exit via rear. Face coverings are required at all times for BUS riders and drivers. Plexiglass enclosures have been installed around the drivers’ seats. The BU Shuttle fleet will be disinfected twice daily on campus and again when buses return to the bus depot at end of service. For more information, please visit the BUS website.

Using Public Transportation

When commuting to campus, students, faculty, and staff must follow City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommendations, including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing in public spaces. If you rely on public transportation, you should frequently review changes to service and passenger protocols on the MBTA’s COVID-19 website. The T is taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of its riders. We encourage you to visit the website for the latest updates regarding cleaning, schedules, service interruptions, and fare information. This information is subject to change.

For faculty and staff, the reduced public transit schedules and changes to service may require flexibility in work schedules and staggered arrival and departure times. If your commute is affected, speak with your department head or supervisor.

Parking at BU

Charles River Campus Parking

Parking at BU is easier this year. Charles River Campus faculty/staff and students can choose a regular parking permit or enroll in the new Daily Parking Program that bills your credit card only on days when you park at the Charles River Campus. License plate recognition equipment installed at certain garages and lots will scan your license plate and signal the gate to open as you enter and exit. Faculty/staff can sign up online at BU Works Employee Self-Service. Once the transaction is approved, parking is assigned to both a license plate and your BU ID.

Commuting students who choose to enroll in the Daily Parking Program will be permitted to park in six gated lots and garages. Parking costs will be automatically billed to your credit card through a secure payment interface that can be managed online. Those who choose to purchase a parking permit may do so via their student account or credit card and will be permitted to park in a range of lots, garages, and designated alleys.

BU faculty and staff who opt for a monthly parking permit have a wide range of options, including gated and ungated lots, garages, and alleyways, and can pay for permits through a pre-tax payroll deduction. Those who enroll in the daily program will be permitted to park in most gated lots and garages. The system allows or blocks entry based on the parking permit you purchased.

An important note regarding the new License Plate Recognition (LPR)-based parking system: keep your BU ID handy when entering or exiting lots controlled by LPR cameras. Should the camera fail to recognize your license plate, just tap your BU ID on the parking kiosk to raise the gate. If you have difficulty, press the “assistance” button (at any time of day) and a remote attendant will help get you on your way.

Student parking may be obtained using the Student Link and clicking on the Personal tab. For more information, including different parking options and rates, visit the Parking & Transportation Services website or email parking@bu.ed.

Medical Campus Parking

Medical Campus employees and students who drive to BUMC will experience some changes as a response to COVID-19. Faculty/staff and students will no longer be able to park at the 710 Albany Street Garage for a reduced rate, as it is the primary parking facility for patients visiting BMC and BU clinics.

  • Employees and students reinstating or signing up for a new parking permit should do so using the online application. A visit to the parking office is not necessary.
  • Employees parking two days or less a week may apply online for a Daily Fee permit in order to pay $21/day. Parking for this permit will be assigned to the Doctors Office Building (DOB) Garage, 720 Harrison Ave.
  • Students in need of infrequent parking have access to parking for $12/day, space permitting, at the DOB Garage, 720 Harrison Ave. To pay this rate, students must present their student BU ID along with their ticket to the cashier in order to pay before returning to their vehicle.
  • Looking for other commuting options to campus? Fill out a Personalized Commuter Assistance form and Parking & Transportation Services can assist.

Bicycling Resources

Bicycles provide a fast, fun, cheap, and healthy alternative to traveling in confined spaces like cars, buses, and trains. Bike lights, bells, and helmets are available to students by appointment, free of charge, at Parking & Transportation Services. Students are encouraged to register their bicycles with the University. Please note that cable locks have proven to be ineffective. Students are encouraged to use “U-locks” and lock their bikes inside whenever possible. Access to secure bike rooms is also available by request, free of charge on the Charles River Campus and Medical Campus. Any questions related to bicycling should be directed to bikes@bu.edu.

Bluebikes

Thanks to Boston’s bike share system, Bluebikes, you don’t need to own a bike to ride a bike. All BU students enjoy a significant discount on annual membership–just $52.50/year instead of the usual price of $99.00/year. For just $1/week, BU members may take as many rides (up to 45 minutes each ride) as they wish at no charge. Visit the Parking & Transportation Services website for details.