Our Alternative Transportation program provides convenient, cost effective and environmentally-friendly options to help you get to and around campus. With all these options, there is no need to bring a car.
Whether you are faculty, staff or a student, your commute impacts the campus carbon footprint. Roughly one third of the campus's total greenhouse gas is made up of commuting emissions. Research has shown that shorter commutes reduce stress levels. So live on or close-to campus, it might make you happier and healthier.
Towson offers several alternative commuting options. In spring 2018, the SPIN at TU Bike Share was introduced with docking areas in different locations on campus. These orange colored bikes are available to rent for 30 minutes rides. Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle for each school term through the Bike Rental option available through Campus Recreation.
Students, faculty and staff who do not bring a car to campus can also sign up for the Alternative Transportation Program, which provides parking permits for emergencies and a guaranteed ride home. Students can also rent a car by the hour from ZipCar, Towson’s official car share partner. On-campus and off-campus shuttles are available with no charge, just have your TU ID available. Parking and Transportation Services also offers a discounted parking permit for certified SmartWay Elite vehicles. Eligible faculty, staff, and students who drive SmartWay Elite vehicles can obtain an annual parking permit at a discounted rate.
All Towson University faculty and staff are eligible to receive a discount on monthly passes for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus, light rail and subway, as well as the MARC Train. Faculty and Staff are also eligible to purchase transit passes with a pre-tax payroll deduction.
Riding around on two wheels is getting easier. Be on the look out for the new bikeshare on-campus. If you are a biking commuter, be sure to take advantage of the showering facilities and free lockers, located on the first floors of West Village Commons and the College of Liberal Arts.
Towson University has seven ZipCars available to students, faculty, and staff. Just sign-up for an account and you will be on your way. Wheels when you want them? Yes please!