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For MIT commuters: Flexible options, sustainable practices

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Commuter program changes during COVID-19 (updated 8/13/2021)

  • Temporary increase in subsidies: To support the return to campus, commuting subsidies for benefits-eligible Cambridge employees will be increased from September through December 2021. See details for MBTA passesMBTA parkingprivate transitcarpools, and Bluebikes. Employees also continue to have unrestricted use of the MBTA subway and local bus systems through the Access MIT pass embedded in your MIT ID.
  • Parking: The program to provide free parking for all MIT ID cardholders during the COVID pandemic concluded on June 30, and paid parking has resumed as usual. A parking account is required. Sign up for an account through the MIT parking portal, view location maps, and learn more. Note that parking rates are scheduled to increase 5% beginning in September.
  • Parking area location assignments: Parking location assignments for new accounts may temporarily show as “Riverside area,” but account holders may disregard this. All parking location a ssignments will be updated by mid-August, and all account holders should park in their assigned location beginning on August 20.
  • MBTA Commuter Rail and LinkPass distribution: In-person pickup of LinkPass and Commuter Rail passes is an option again, beginning with the August passes. View updated details about commuter pass distribution, including pickup dates.
  • The deadline to cancel/suspend a Commuter Rail pass or LinkPass is noon on the 15th of the previous month (for example, visit Atlas by August 15 to cancel September). Learn how to cancel/suspend here.
  • Shuttle service changes: Most of the campus shuttle services have been running on altered schedules; all MIT shuttle services will return to normal on September 7. View schedules for each shuttle. EZ-Ride shuttle service by the Charles River TMA is running. Questions regarding shuttle services may be directed to shuttles@mit.edu or 617-253-1440.
  • The Atlas Service Center has expanded in-person services for community members and now welcomes walk-in visitors. Center staff are available to assist Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, by phone, via email, and in person. Visit the Atlas website for details about in-person services that required appointments. Parking & Transportation staff are currently available via the online, email, and phone contacts provided on the Commuter Connections pages. For further information, please contact the Atlas Service Center at 617-353-3000 or at atlascenter@mit.edu.

For more information about commuting and parking in the COVID-19 era, see our COVID-19 updates and COVID-19 FAQ.

The MIT Parking & Transportation Office supports and encourages a variety of options to give you the flexibility to choose each day how you would like to commute and get around campus. Our programs, anchored by the Access MIT initiative, include daily parking rates and a range of public transportation subsidies and discounts. If you want to drive today and use public transit tomorrow, that works! Take a moment to explore your options here and see how you can customize your commute to MIT.

Bicycling

If you are a benefits-eligible MIT employee commuting to your job on your own bike, MIT's Bicycle Reimbursement Program can help with expenses. If you prefer to use a bikeshare, a discounted Bluebikes membership is available through MIT. Learn more about bicycling at MIT.

Emergency Ride Home

This unique program reimburses you for the cost of a taxi or rideshare (such as Uber or Lyft) if you need a ride in the event of a personal or family emergency or if you had to work unscheduled overtime. MIT Cambridge-campus employees who use public transportation or who carpool, vanpool, bike, or walk to work at least three days per week are eligible.

Parking

You can obtain parking privileges at MIT if you are a benefits-eligible MIT employee or a graduate student or undergraduate in an upper class. Limited parking is also available for some volunteers and affiliates.

Private Transit

If you are an MIT employee who use private transit such as a private bus line or Amtrak, you may participate in the Private Transit Subsidy program, which offers reimbursement for up to 50% of your commuting costs.

Public Transit (T-Passes)

If you commute via one of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) public transit options, MIT makes it easier with subsidies and discounts for monthly T-passes, subway passes, MBTA parking, and more. Students and benefits-eligible faculty and staff, including employees at Lincoln Lab, are eligible.

Ride Sharing

When you share a ride to work or school, it can save time and expenses – and it's good for the environment, too. MIT makes it easier by providing discounts on carpool parking, Zipcar memberships, and a vanpool commuting program through Enterprise.

Shuttles

A network of free shuttle services is available if you need day and/or evening rides around campus, to North Station and parts of Boston's Back Bay, or to Logan Airport, Lincoln Lab, local grocery stores, and more. The Shuttles page has the most up-to-date information about routes and schedules.

Walking

When walking is a part of your commute, you'll see the proven health benefits, and there are a variety of ways to incorporate walking into your commute or your daily workplace routine.

Finding Our Office

Many of your transit-related questions will be answered by the information and FAQ here on this site, and your Atlas account and/or the MIT parking app will help you complete transit-related tasks. If you find that you still have questions, we are here to help.

Parking & Transportation staff are available via the online, email, and phone contacts provided on this site and via the Atlas website. The Atlas Service Center is open to walk-in visitors, and Service Center generalists are available to answer commuting questions in person.


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Parking & Transportation Office

Atlas Service Center
Street Address: 40 Ames Street
Building: E17-106
Hours: M - F, 8AM - 5PM

parking services

Email: mitparking@mit.edu
Tel: 617-258-6510

t-pass services

Email: tpass@mit.edu
Tel: 617-253-9701

other commuter connections

Email: commuting@mit.edu


Tom Giannino
Manager

Robynn Cruz-Walker
Commuter Program Administrator

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