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Learn about initiatives for faculty, staff, and students to reduce the greenhouse gases generated from transportation on and to our campus. 

        

Electric Vehicle Charging Station 

There is a Chargepoint electric vehicle charging station installed on College Drive behind LaCava.  The station can charge two cars at once.  The parking spaces are marked with green paint and an electric vehicle symbol.  Please do not park in these spaces if you are not actively charging a car.

Sign up for ChargePoint and begin charging:

Register with ChargePoint and obtain a ChargePoint card which is linked to your credit card or PayPal account.  Tap your card on the station when you arrive to start your charging session.  You will still be able to charge at the station if you do not have a ChargePoint card as the station accepts major credit cards, but using a ChargePoint card is the fastest and easiest way to start charging.

  1. Receive real-time information including station availability and the status of a current charging session
  2. Receive alerts when your car is fully charged so that you can move it to another parking spot on campus
  3. View real-time tracking of time and energy used since your last charge 
  4. “Line up” for the station with other Bentley EV drivers.  If the station is full (i.e. two cars are charging) the app will allow you to get in line for the next available spot and will alert you when it is your turn to charge.

Charging will cost drivers 15 cents per kWh (Bentley’s base electricity rate) for three hours of charging.  Be careful – the price will automatically jump to $5 per hour after the three-hour charging period.

Thinking about switching to an electric vehicle? Use the US Department of Energy’s Vehicle Cost Calculator to find out how much you can save!*


Join or Start a Carpool/Vanpool

Interested in carpooling? Bay State Commute 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 Bay State Commute 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. To use these spots please visit the Card Office in the Police building with your carpool buddy, Bentley IDs and vehicle registrations.  You will each receive a hangtag for use when you carpool.

The carpooling spots 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 9 – Near Morison and Adamian
  • Parking lot 34 – Near Lewis Hall – next to the visitor parking spot

Vanpool

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!


Take a Bike 

Bentley offers many opportunities for bicycle commuter and leisure riders. In 2016, Bentley received Bronze Bicycle Friendly University Status from the League of American Bicyclists! 

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.

Click here to learn more!


Shuttle Information

Bentley University provides a free shuttle service (which runs on biodiesel) to all members of the campus community.  Two services are provided:

  • The Campus Loop(an intra-campus shuttle) runs every 20 minutes 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 Red Line and local MBTA buses in Harvard Square.

Contact  for more detailed information.

Download the Local Motion Vehicle Tracker app on the Apple App Store or Android App Store. Enter password "falcon" and select routes: Loop #155, Harvard #137, Harvard #138.

 


Zipcar at Bentley University 

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 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 4 ZipCars available on campus with an online reservation. 2 ZipCar parking spots are located in the Miller Parking lot and two are on the ground floor of the Orchard deck on South Campus.


Public Transportation 

Commuter Rail

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

Bus Stop 

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.