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Intercampus Shuttle and Manhattanville Loop

The Academic Year 2018-19 schedule for the Intercampus Shuttle goes into effect Tuesday, September 4. 

In addition to the Intercampus Shuttle, the Manhattanville transportation loop offers additional means to travel between Studebaker, Jerome L. Greene, and 116 Street and 120 Street on the Morningside campus. The loop runs roughly every 20 minutes, starting and ending at the MetroNorth stop located on the NE corner of 125 Street and Madison Avenue. The Loop shuttle does not operate during winter and summer breaks.

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Intercampus Shuttle - Summer Schedule

The Intercampus Shuttle summer schedule begins Monday, May 21 and runs through Friday, August 31. View the summer schedule and map

Manhattanville Loop Shuttle will not run during summer break

Please be aware that the Manhattanville Loop Shuttle, which makes stops between Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, will not run during summer break.

The last day of service for the shuttle will be Friday, May 18. It will resume operation on Tuesday, September 4.

First-Ever Sustainable Columbia Annual Progress Report Released

The first Sustainable Columbia Annual Progress Report, covering 2017 and 2018, is now available to view and download.

Last year, Columbia introduced a comprehensive, University-wide Sustainability Plan designed as a multi-year roadmap to shrink the University’s carbon footprint and combat climate change. The plan set clear targets across a range of categories, from reducing greenhouse gas and energy usage to better waste management practices, improving sustainable transportation opportunities and campus behavioral changes.

For any plan to succeed, it must be measurable and accountable. To that end, this first-ever Sustainable Columbia Annual Progress Report showcases the important work of many dedicated Columbians to meet the goals and strategies established in the Plan.

 

Columbia Opens Commute & Travel Survey for 2018

Columbia University is conducting a periodic survey to understand the travel patterns of the Columbia community. The survey is essential in helping to calculate greenhouse gas emissions and to meet Columbia’s transportation needs in an effective and environment-friendly way.

The survey includes questions about how people travel to, from, and within, Columbia, and all responses will be kept confidential. Respondents who complete the survey before Friday, May 4, 2018 will be entered into a drawing to win a $30 Columbia Bookstore gift card.

Thanks to the wide participation in the 2016 Commute and Travel Survey, Columbia Transportation now offers bike share and ride share programs, has developed more efficient shuttle routes, and have implemented a more sustainable vehicle fleet.

Take the survey here.

The Commute and Travel Survey is in line with the University Sustainability Plan and the Sustainable Columbia movement.

Zagster Bike Share Offers April Discount for New Columbia Members

During the month of April, Zagster is offering new members at Columbia 50% off an annual membership, cutting the price to $10 — just use the code GetRiding! to claim your discount.

  • 50% off, making the cost $10 for an annual Zagster membership
  • Now through April 30, 2018
  • Code: GetRiding!


To see a map of Zagster locations near Columbia and to sign up for your discounted membership, visit http://bike.zagster.com/columbia/.


Columbia recognizes the benefits of bicycle travel and is continuing its efforts towards growing bike culture as part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and Sustainable Columbia. Click here to learn more about bike services at Columbia.

Columbia Professor Starts Vanpool for Bergen County Commuters

Before the Columbia-bound Tenafly, New Jersey vanpool formed, Margaret Edsall struggled to commute to Columbia using public transportation. Margaret works on the Morningside Campus as the associate vice president for Academic Planning in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, but her commute over the George Washington Bridge (GWB) from Bergen County, New Jersey was causing stress and shortening her day.  

“Before the Tenafly vanpool formed, I couldn't be as productive between nine and five; I could only be productive between ten and four,” Margaret said. “I had to do more work at night and on weekends just to stay caught up. I am sure that this is the case for others who live in Tenafly and Bergen County.”

Currently, the Tenafly vanpool is serving several Columbia commuters that live in Bergen County. Each morning they meet at a designated parking area in Tenafly and travel across the GWB, stopping at the Manhattanville and Morningside campuses. Both a monthly payment option and a casual rider payment option exist to fund the vanpool. Depending on rider demand, the van can make up to two runs across the GWB to Columbia to collect commuters.

The vanpool was started by Huiming Yin, an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia. Huiming knew that due to traffic on the GWB and parking congestion in Manhattan, there was a need to pool commuters together, make our transportation network more efficient, and improve the overall commute experience. This is not a new concept for Columbia commuters, but Huiming identified a communication gap that he is working on solving with Flexible Integrated Transportation Systems (FITS).

FITS Commute is a cooperative research project between Columbia and NDJ Sustainable Engineering LLC, FITS Commute includes an app that riders can use to track the van and to RSVP for rides. The project aims to develop a smart, flexible, reliable commute service that can be as convenient and fast as driving alone, but as economically and environmentally friendly as public transit.

“Now, I arrive at work and at home in a great mood,” Margaret said. “I can concentrate better on my work when I’m at work, and I relax and unwind in the evening for a reasonable amount of time.”

While Columbia Transportation and the Office of Environmental Stewardship are not specifically affiliated with FITS Commute, the University encourages employees and students to use sustainable modes of travel like car/vanpools, bicycles, and public transportation.

Carpooling Construction Workers get Free Parking through Transportation Initiative

A group of five construction workers at the Manhattanville campus just received their official parking pass for one of Columbia’s new commuter incentives: free parking spaces for construction workers who carpool.

Columbia Transportation and the Office of Environmental Stewardship are offering free parking spaces to carpool groups of three or more construction workers who commute to Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. This incentive is part of the effort to help more Manhattanville employees commute to work using sustainable transportation methods that reduce parking and traffic congestion.

The pictured construction workers commute 37 miles each way from Bellmore on Long Island to the Manhattanville campus. The workers are sub-contracted by Columbia through Skanska – one of the construction management groups building the Manhattanville campus – and are currently working on the University Forum and Academic Conference Center project.

Carpooling can reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to limiting the number of vehicles on the road, and it’s also a way to share the cost and driving responsibilities of your commute with others. The promotion of sustainable commute modes is in line with Columbia’s Sustainability Plan and the Sustainable Columbia brand.

Visit the Commuter Benefits section of this website to learn more about Manhattanville commuter incentives.

Manhattanville-Zipcar Partnership to Supply Seven New Vehicles

Columbia Manhattanville entered a new partnership with Zipcar to further the new campus's commitment to sustainable commuter travel.

Through the partnership, Zipcar will supply seven (7) low-emitting and fuel-efficient “SmartWay” car share vehicles located at MTP Investment Parking, 69 St. Clair Place, New York, NY 10027. This partnership was formed as part of Manhattanville’s continual commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Zipcar is a University-approved vendor that offers self-service, on-demand car sharing. Learn more about discounted membership rates for Columbia employees.

New Evening Shuttle App

Starting Friday, January 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., the Public Safety Evening Shuttle will utilize a new tracking app called Passio GO. Download Passio GO from the App Store for iOS devices, or from Google Play for Android. The SmartTraxx app will no longer be operational.

Columbia University Shuttles get Electric

Campus shuttle system will transition to electric buses, reducing emissions by 70%

Columbia University is plugging into the future of transportation.

The University has contracted to purchase six new battery-electric buses to replace the existing diesel-powered buses on its campus shuttle network. The new fleet – among the first electric buses to be introduced in New York City – offers both environmental and health benefits, including reduced emissions and noise pollution, and improved air quality.

“Electric buses support Columbia’s Sustainability Plan goals of reduced transportation emissions through greener campus fleets and commuting alternatives,” said David M. Greenberg, executive vice president of University Facilities and Operations. “We are excited to take this next step in our use of cleaner energy towards a more sustainable campus and community.”

Columbia’s campus shuttle network operates between campus locations in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Rockland County. The shuttles serve over 1,400 rider trips daily and travel nearly 180,000 miles annually. Transitioning to electric buses is expected to reduce University shuttle greenhouse gas emissions by over 270 metric tons, a 70% reduction in emissions from existing diesel shuttle buses.

“We have been evaluating transitioning to electric buses for several years, but questions remained about vehicle range and reliability,” said Scott Wright, vice president of Campus Services. “We are thrilled that the technology has advanced to ensure these buses will perform as dependably as their fossil fuel predecessors, only with minimal impact on the environment.”

The six Xcelsior forty-foot buses have seating capacity of 40 passengers, a battery capacity of 480 kilowatt hours and can travel over 200 miles on a single charge. The purchase of the buses, which includes three charging stations, is supported by a grant from New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Funds, a program which focuses on advancing clean vehicle technologies in New York.

In addition to reduced emissions and noise, electric buses offer significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs. The buses are also built for accessibility with improved step height, expanded front door widths and a flatter entry ramp for passengers with mobility devices. Columbia’s Intercampus Shuttle is free of charge for members of the local community with disabilities, the elderly and their companions, as well as individuals with service animals.

Manufactured by New Flyer and operated by Academy Bus, the new electric buses will begin operating on Columbia campus shuttle routes as early as the summer of 2018.

Columbia Ranks Gold in AASHE's 2017 STARS Index

Columbia University has been given a Gold ranking in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving the top spot in Transportation and tying for first in Research among doctoral institutions. The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlights top-performing colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

“Columbia’s feature in this report shows its significant leadership and commitment to advance sustainability,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We are excited to recognize Columbia for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world through its comprehensive sustainability efforts.”

Columbia’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website.

About Columbia

Columbia unveiled its first campus-wide sustainability plan in 2017, pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent in the next three years. The plan, released a day before Earth Day, represents a practical fulfillment of the sustainability principles that University President Lee C. Bollinger announced at the beginning of the 2016 academic year. It sets clear targets for shrinking Columbia’s carbon footprint and reducing waste by improving efficiencies in campus operations, boosting composting, recycling and public transit use, and investing in energy-saving technology. More than a year in the making, the plan was produced with extensive input from students, administrators and faculty scientists—many of them world leaders in the sustainability field.

In the area of Transportation, where Columbia earned top marks, there are few people with a driving commute to campus. The University has maintained its location in a compact urban setting in close proximity to high-density housing and transit access, making transit and walking the most common commute mode choice. In 2017, Columbia implemented a new park-and-ride service from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY which has further reduced the number of vehicles commuting into Manhattan.

Columbia also received the top spot in the area of Research, led by the Earth Institute. The institute reaches across the University to forge collaborations among scientists, faculty and experts in a great variety of disciplines, from climatology to law, and from engineering to economics and public policy.

Research is centered around the fundamental themes of Climate; Water; Energy; Global Health; Ecosystems; Agriculture; Hazards and Risk Reduction; Urbanization; and Peace and Justice.

About STARS

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The credits included in STARS span the breadth of higher education sustainability and are organized into four categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. All reports are publicly accessible on the STARS website. For more information, visit stars.aashe.org.

About the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE empowers higher education administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. We work with and for higher education to ensure that our world's future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges. For more information, visit www.aashe.org. Follow AASHE on Facebook and Twitter.

Citi Bike expands to Morningside Heights

This fall, Citi Bike is expanding with 142 new stations in Morningside Heights, Harlem, Astoria, Long Island City, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.  Citi Bike is the nation's largest bike share program, with 10,000 bikes and 600 stations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. Citi Bike is a great travel option for making short distance trips within the City, including making connections to subway stations and crosstown journeys. Additionally, biking reduces environmental impact and a great way to get exercise.  

See the full Citi Bike station map and pricing details to see if joining Citi Bike is right for you.  

New park and ride option from Lamont-Doherty to Morningside and Manhattanville

We are excited to announce that Columbia is now offering a new commuting option which may be convenient for University affiliates living in or near New York City’s northwest suburbs.  

A limited number of parking spaces at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have been made available to full-time Columbia employees on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, visit the Lamont-Doherty Shuttle Park and Ride Option page.

 

Bike Share program expands to Manhattanville

Columbia’s Zagster bike share program has expanded to the Manhattanville campus!

Launched in 2016 with three stations at the Morningside campus, Columbia’s bike share program has logged over 3,000 trips in 12 months. This month, we have added a fourth station and six bikes at the Manhattanville campus, bringing the number of bikes in the program to 20.

The new station is on the north side of Manhattanville’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Columbia’s Zagster bike share program is great for intercampus business trips, recreational riding, or running short errands around the neighborhood. This expanded station network provides the University’s members with more sustainable travel options and is part of Columbia’s Sustainability plan and the Sustainable Columbia movement.

Some additional details about the bike share program:

  • Columbia has about 250 Zagster members, who log roughly 300 bike trips per month
  • Zagster memberships start as low as $5
  • All bike trips under one hour are free

Click here to join Columbia’s Zagster bike share. Use the promo code BIKEMVILLE to receive a $10 discount on annual membership. This offer ends June 30.

No Shuttle Service on University Holidays

Shuttes will operate on the same schedule during the winter break, but there will be no shuttle service on the following University holidays:

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve

New Year's Day

Updated Website

Columbia Transportation provides travel options and resources to travel between Columbia’s campuses. Take a moment to explore new and expanded information on our website that highlights commute options that facilitate more efficient and sustainable transportation within the campus community.

In addition to the services provided by the Columbia shuttle system, there are now helpful tips on walking, biking, and carpooling. Plus, look for ways to get involved in our Bike or Metro-North commuter groups.

Have a question or comment about what you see here? Let us know.

Columbia Named Bike Friendly Business

Columbia University was named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists, joining more than 1,000 visionary businesses from across the country. Columbia was also distinguished a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University. Learn more about the League of American Bicyclists and this important distinction awarded to the University