Access MIT: A New Vision for Sustainable Commuting
The Parking and Transportation Office, in coordination with the MIT Transit Lab, the Parking and Transportation Committee, and the Office of Sustainability, helped determine the vision and define the goals of Access MIT, an initiative to create a variety of affordable, low-carbon transportation options and change the way the MIT community thinks about commuting.
By connecting programs, education, decision-making, and modes of transportation, Access MIT strives to create a new awareness and shared understanding of transportation choices and their impacts. Supported by research conducted by the Transit Lab, MIT has set out to reduce parking demand by ten percent between 2016 and 2018.
Learn about MIT’s commuter programs, including Blue Bikes, ZipCar, and AccessMyCommute, on the Commuter Connections pages.
About the Office
The Parking and Transportation Office manages parking, transportation, and commuter programs, including the annual parking permit application and distribution process, monthly subsidized MBTA passes, and campus shuttles.
The office has received several awards, including a Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Commuter Options by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and a Go Green Award from the City of Cambridge for excellence in commuter programs and outstanding efforts to promote environmentally friendly transportation.
The office also supports MIT bicyclists by providing a variety of programs that encourage safe and easy bicycling around campus. Under their support, MIT bicyclists have won first place in the Mass Commute Bicycle Challenge for four years in a row. With an annual subsidized Blue Bikes membership, students and employees don’t even have to own a bicycle to ride on campus!