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app iconParking Office holds annual bike auction
On Friday, September 21, 2018 the MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office held a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction began at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge. The lot opened at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction.

Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives. Note: A valid and current MIT ID is required to participate. New this year, there is a two bike maximum purchase per individual. Payment options include credit card, cash, or local check with proper ID.


app iconReport issues to Facilities
Report public space issues using the Building Services tab within MIT Mobile. Sometimes we see things in public areas and aren’t sure if they’ve been reported. Use this mobile app to send us information, including a photo. A work order will be created to have the issue corrected.


blue bikesRecovering fresh water from power plants
MIT researchers partner with utilities team to test technology that captures water evaporating from cooling towers. Prototype to be installed on MITís Central Utility Plant has potential to provide a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities around the world while also cutting power plant operating costs. Read more.


blue bikesHubway is now Blue Bikes
You may have noticed the Hubway bike sharing program has become a little bluer this week! The name change to Blue Bikes, along with station and bike branding changes that are underway, reflect new sponsorship by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and will enable the program to expand and grow. MIT employees and students will continue to enjoy a subsidized annual membership fee of $35.

Members can continue to use their same account, same app, and same key throughout the transition, and everything will seamlessly rollover to Blue Bikes. Blue Bikes will continue to be a public transportation system, owned by the municipalities of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville, and operated by Motivate. For more information, read this news article.


Student at bike auctionSaferide pilots OnDemand shuttle
for late night 

On Monday, February 12, the Parking and Transportation Office is launching a pilot program to provide a new Saferide OnDemand shuttle on the MIT campus.

Saferide will continue to operate as a fixed-route circulating shuttle from 6 PM-11 PM each night. From 11 PM through the end of service, Saferide will switch to an OnDemand mode. Riders can request a pickup and drop-off online or via an app. Learn about Saferide OnDemand.


Student at bike auctionToys for MIT Parking Tickets 
If you happen to have received that unwanted *MIT* parking ticket this past year - the MIT Parking and Transportation Office will once again sponsor a "Toys for Tickets" program. Yes, it really is true! 

Instead of paying the fine on an outstanding MIT parking violation, the parking office will accept new, unopened toys to settle the ticket. **Just bring in the parking violation along with the cash register receipt to the parking office by Friday, December 15th, 2017. This program is open to anyone who has an outstanding MIT parking ticket. The value of the toy or game must be of equal or greater value than the parking violation. The Parking Office is located in the Atlas Center on the first floor of Building E17, in room E17-106.


Student at bike auctionParking Office holds bike auction 
On Friday, October 6, 2017 the MIT Police and the Parking & Transportation Office will hold a bicycle auction of old or abandoned bicycles. The auction will begin at noon at 290 Albany Street in Cambridge. The lot will open at 11:30AM for an opportunity to preview the bicycles that are up for auction. Proceeds from the auction go towards campus bicycle initiatives. 

Note: A valid and current MIT ID is required to participate. Payment options include credit card, cash, or local check with proper ID. For more information about the bicycle auction, email


Met WarehouseMIT is set to upgrade its cogeneration plant
After months of preparation, MIT is planning to break ground this month on an upgrade project that will revitalize its Central Utilities Plant (CUP), a distributed energy resource (DER) that powers the campus microgrid with thermal and electric energy. The CUP upgrade is essential to the Instituteís sustainability goals and will improve campus resiliency by creating an enhanced, more efficient, more flexible power system. Read all about the upgrade and follow the progress at the Powering MIT project site.


Bexley hallBexley Hall demo and garden
The demolition of W13 Bexley Hall is complete. A temporary landscaped open space featuring benches and walkways has been constructed at the site while long-term plans for the site are under consideration. This space includes a site for short-term installations engineered by MIT faculty and students. Read more about the demolition and open space plans in a news article.  


KresgeRenewal of Kresge Auditorium
A substantial restoration of Kresge is underway to replace aging equipment and systems, renew and upgrade key building elements including the brick plaza and glass curtainwalls, and improve energy conservation and efficiency. Designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, this iconic domed building was one of the first large-scale thin-shell concrete structures in the United States. Work is expected to be complete in April 2016, and the building will remain open during most of the project. 

Learn more about the scope of work and schedule, and the meticulous care taken to maintain the architectural integrity of Kresge.


Collier Memorial renderingDedication of completed Collier Memorial The permanent memorial to MIT Officer Sean Collier, killed in active service two years ago, has been completed and now stands at the intersection of Vassar and Main Streets. On Wednesday, April 29, the public dedication of the Collier Memorial will take place at noon, followed by a community picnic to celebrate Collier’s life.This article provides additional details about the events surrounding the memorial.


Jim May using HubwayHappy Trails!
On October 22 the League of American Bicyclists recognized MIT with a Silver Bicycle Friendly University award for successfully encouraging a growing bike community on campus. To promote bicycle commuting the Institute provides amenities such as secured bicycle cages, subsidized Hubway memberships, and Fix-It Stations across campus. Read more about the award and learn about MIT’s bicycle programs and services.


Collier Memorial renderingWork begins on the Collier Memorial
In mid-October site preparation began for the installation of a permanent memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in active service to the MIT community in April 2013. The memorial was conceived and designed by J. Meejin Yoon, professor and head of the Department of Architecture at MIT, and is expected to be completed by April 2015. Yoon shares thoughts on the design and structural details in this article. Construction updates will be available throughout the project.


MIT ChapelMIT renews its historic Chapel building 
The MIT Chapel has served the MIT community for close to six decades—and is now the focus of a substantial renewal effort that is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 15 and conclude in February 2015. The renewal work will include rebuilding the moat, repairing the stained glass walls, and replacing the roof. Construction updates will be available throughout the project.


MIT VehicleFleet Management keeps MIT on the road
Formerly part of Grounds Services, Fleet Management has grown into its own area and is available to service MIT vehicles campus wide. If your department currently owns a vehicle and travels off campus to have it serviced, why not bring it to our Fleet Management area? They are right here on campus and will pick up and deliver the vehicle. The team provides a wide array of services quickly and conveniently such as oil changes, brake jobs, exhaust work, and tune-ups.


Bike Awareness WeekCelebrate Bike Awareness Week
Stop by the Stratton Student Center plaza on Wednesday, May 14 from 11 AM – 2:30 PM and celebrate Bike Awareness Day! Register your bike or bring your registration form and get a free minor bike repair from Cambridge Bike. Refreshments will be available and there’ll be bike-related giveaways. While you’re at the event, pledge your miles for this year’s Mass Commuter Bike Challenge.

This event is hosted by the Parking and Transportation Office and is being held in conjunction with the Bay State Bike Week.


Electric Charging StationNew electric vehicle locations on campus
Effective April 21, 2014 there are currently 20 spaces available to charge your hybrid and eclectic vehicles on campus. Spaces can be found inside the Stata and E62 garages, the North Area at Building 46, and the West Area at WW15. The fee is $1.00 per hour for every hour the vehicle is actively charging. Sign up for a ChargePoint account today and begin charging your vehicle.



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