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.

Bringing your bike onto campus can be stress-free. Take advantage of the bike fix station outside of University Union if you need to fill up your tires or use a hex wrench. If you don't have your own bicycle, you can rent one each semester through the Bike Rental Program 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 TU students, faculty, and staff can receive monthly passes for public transportation services. All TU students are eligible to receive a discount for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus, light rail and subway, as well as the MARC Train. Regular status faculty and staff are eligible for free ridership benefits through the MTA.