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MIT is pleased to offer the community increased options for commuting to work and getting around town. Whether you choose to ride share, vanpool, or bike, you’ll arrive at your destination knowing you’ve reduced your carbon footprint.

Car/van pools & shuttles

Join a car or vanpool. You’ll decrease wear and tear on your vehicle, save money, and help preserve our natural resources.

MIT/VPSI Vanpool Subsidy Program

MIT regular salaried and hourly employees are eligible to participate in this program that provides both a monthly subsidy and a pre-tax payroll deduction.

Vanpool routes—MassRIDES matches up commuters statewide.
This travel program, sponsored by the MA Executive Office of Transportation, provides a free, ride-matching service to commuters, employers, students, and other traveler markets. Routes are or have formed for the following travel corridors: Route 95 from Newburyport, Route 3 from Nashua, Route 2 North of Worcester, and Route 24 Taunton/Stoughton/Brockton.

Options for ridesharing and “wheels when you want them”

Rideshare with GoLoco and reduce your travel costs and CO2 emissions!
GoLoco.org is a new ride sharing option available to the MIT community. Brought to you by the same MIT alum who founded Zipcar, GoLoco is a cross between a social networking site and a high-tech ride board. You can quickly and easily share rides of all distances with coworkers, friends and neighbors. If people want to share the costs, the site also handles payment from passengers to riders. GoLoco offers:

  • Total Control: every member has a profile, can create and join groups, comment and read comments about others; see what friends and groups they have in common with others, and is automatically part of the MIT community. Rides can be posted to all GoLoco members, or visible to any subset of people you choose. Of course, you can accept or reject any requests to match.
  • Money: drivers can share costs, including tolls, parking, etc, seamlessly. 
  • Reduce emissions: car travel is our single largest contribution of CO2 emissions (20% of US emissions). Each time you GoLoco, instead of going solo, you cut your trip contribution in half or better.

Become a member at www.goloco.org.

Go PlanetTran and reduce emissions!

Use PlanetTran, a shuttle service based exclusively on the hybrid electric/gas Toyota Prius, the most technologically advanced vehicle on the road, for your personal or work-related commuting needs. Zero emissions while idling reduces pollution. Emailed receipts reduce paper waste. Round trips from MIT to Logan Airport are $64 including tips and tolls, while other transport destinations provide the MIT Community a 15% discount and MIT students receive 25% discount. This reduces overpriced transport while being environmentally conscious. Payment options include cash, credit card, or monthly billing. For further information about PlanetTran, visit www.planettran.com. For MIT-specific quotes or reservations, call toll free 877-ECO-TAXI (326-8294) or visit mit.planettran.com.

Zipcar

MIT helps provide "Wheels when you want them." MIT is pleased to host seven Zipcars on campus and to sponsor Zipcar membership for staff and students. Zipcar makes it easy to live and work at MIT without having to put a car on the road.

Bicycle Resources

MIT offers a protected parking area and several shower facilities around campus for MIT bicycle commuters. MIT encourages members of the community to register their bikes with the MIT Parking and Transportation Office. In addition, there are many local organizations that promote bicycling as a safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound means of transportation. To find out more about these resources and organizations, visit the bicycling page on the facilities website.

To receive tips and news about commuting to MIT by bicycle, join the MIT Bike Commuter email list, mitbike@mit.edu.

MIT organizations

The Commuting Task Group, a task group of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues, addresses safety and security issues relating to transportation and parking at MIT. The group helps to promote alternatives and improvements for ways to commute to MIT.