There are easy ways to travel without picking up your car keys! Below you'll find information on several initiatives to reduce the greenhouse gases generated from transportation on and to our campus.
Interested in carpooling? NuRide is a free service that provides a tool to find carpooling buddies. Once you register, you can earn points for each trip recorded to redeem for rewards such as coupons for local attractions and retailers. The site also calculates how much money you are saving and the carbon footprint impact of your alternative commuting decisions. There are currently 13,562 NuRide members in Massachusetts who have taken 4,684,623 alternative trips. Sign up today and find a buddy.
Bentley provides benefit to its alternative commuters in the form of four strategically placed carpooling parking spots throughout campus, as one of several initiatives to comply with the Mass Rideshare Regulation. Two or more Bentley staff, faculty or student riders coming from an off-campus location can utilize these spots. These spots are currently on the honor system but eventually they will be transferred into the police-patrolled parking regulation system.
The new carpooling spots, officially installed as of July 9, 2013, are located:
- Parking lot 3 – In the corner nearest to the Rauch building
- Parking lot 2 – In front of La Cava, next to the Admissions visitor spots
- Parking lot 10 – Adamian - next to the service vehicles spots
- Parking lot 34 – Near Lewis Hall – next to the visitor parking spot
Vanpooling is a coordinated carpooling program on a larger scale. Groups of 5 to 15 people going to a similar location can organize these vans through Bentley's partnership with MassRIDES for a fee. This will lower your commuting costs, allow you to relax on your way to work, all while reducing your emissions!
Bentley University provides a free shuttle service (run on biodiesel) to all members of the campus community. Two services are provided:
- The Loop Bus (an intra-campus shuttle) runs throughout the day, making seven stops around campus including North Campus.
- The Harvard Square Shuttle runs throughout the day, making trips between Bentley’s campus and Harvard Square in Cambridge, with additional stops in between at Waverly Square (where commuters can connect to the Fitchburg Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail and local MBTA buses). Commuters can use the shuttle to connect to the MBTA Subway Red Line and local MBTA buses in Harvard Square.
Did you know? All of Bentley’s shuttles are operated by The 128 Business Council, a nonprofit public/private partnership formed to help reduce traffic congestion in Massachusetts’s Route 128 West area by providing alternative transportation services and information.
Worried that the shuttle isn't on it's way? The GPS tracking feature on the shuttle website allows you to catch the bus without waiting at the stop. Contact 128 Business Council for more detailed information.
Bentley has partnered with Zipcar, Inc., the world's leading car-sharing network, to offer more transportation options to its community.
The car-sharing option is now available for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. There are currently 2 ZipCars conveniently available with an online reservation. ZipCar parking spots are located in the Miller Parking lot.
In FY 2012, these cars were used at 38% capacity. Zipcar's policy is to add another car once capacity is over 40%, so if this trend continues look out for even more Zipcars soon!
A commuter rail running from Fitchburg to North Station in Boston is located on Moody St. There are parking spots located right outside the platform to make it easily accessible. For more information and times visit MBTA Fitchburg Line
An MBTA bus stop is located on Beaver Street. Bus number 554 stops on Beaver Street (between Forest Street and College Drive) and connects the Bentley campus to Newton Corner and Downtown Boston.
Riding a bike to work or school is an eco-friendly and healthy way to start your day. Biking to work reduces your carbon footprint by eliminating greenhouse gases that would have been emitted from your car. Biking is good for you too! It is a fun way to get in shape, possibly make some friends and become more immersed in your community.