There are many ways to get around WPI, including the walking, biking, ride sharing, safety transports, and other vehicles. Explore the options below to be more sustainable in your transportation choices.
NOTICE: GOMPEI'S GEARS BIKESHARE WILL BE REOPENING THIS FALL.
Gompei's Gears promotes the use of sustainable transportation with a free to use bike share program for WPI students that can be easily reserved for up to 8 hours.
The Gateway Shuttle travels between the main campus, Gateway Park, 85 Prescott Street, Salisbury Estates, and Faraday Hall
This shuttle service is driven by students, for students. Students can travel between Price Chopper, Morgan Hall, WPI Townhouses, Faraday Hall, and Founders Hall.
SNAP is a service co-run by Residential Services and Campus Police to provide transportation to WPI students, faculty, and staff during the night hours of the academic year.
Worcester is a great place to exercise public transportation. Our city has commuter train access to Boston, and from there the entire east coast. Within the city, WPI reduces carbon emissions by giving its students great alternatives to personal transportation, such as buses, zipcars, and taxi services:
WPI hopes to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs) in use by our community. SOVs have relatively high greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile when compared to other forms of transportation. For those who need to use cars, here are some more sustainable options.
Zipcars make it easy to get around without breaking the bank. With many fuel efficient and hybrid vehicles, these cars help students reduce their footprint on campus.
WPI is pleased to be among the few universities in Central Massachusetts that provide free electric vehicle charging on our campus. We have ten dual Chargepoint 4000 Series chargers, providing twenty charging ports. Three chargers are located inside the Park Avenue Garage, five chargers are located inside the Gateway garage, and two chargers are located in the Boynton parking lot. The Chargepoint software provides EV Drivers with information on the available ports and charging status.
As a convenience to our electric vehicle drivers, the Office of Sustainability created an email alias, firstname.lastname@example.org, to facilitate communication about charging matters. Drivers have been using this alias to communicate with each other about issues and concerns. We also have used it to share information about charging problems or scheduled maintenance. As such, we encourage all of our EV drivers to join the email alias. If you are an electric vehicle driver, are not currently on our email alias, and would appreciate communication regarding the charging stations, you can request that your name be added by emailing email@example.com.
Read the full policy (PDF) for more information.
GHG EMISSIONS AVOIDED
ENERGY DISTRIBUTED THIS YEAR
CHARGING SESSIONS THIS YEAR
* data as of November 2018
As a part of minimizing transportation fuel use, manufacturing, and materials use, carpooling is a great step toward eliminating car culture. WPI has partnered with Carpool World, a free organizing utility that helps the community organize and share their transportation. Find carpooling buddies for your daily commute or travel to and from campus. Please note that this site is available to WPI community members only. Check out rides at Carpool World.
In Fall 2019, the Office of Sustainability sent out a survey to Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Staff, and Faculty to gain insight into their transportation methods to, from, and around the WPI campus, as well as their awareness of transportation alternatives. The survey provided valuable information, and also helped to highlight some of our current needs related to transportation. One important conclusion of the survey was that single-occupancy transportation remains one of the prominent methods to commute to campus. While there was high levels of awareness in alternative transportation options like the WPI Zipcar Program and the Worcester Rapid Transit Authority, a critical area for improvement was with carpooling. There is a evident abundance of cars on campus and people commuting to campus, but a lack of awareness of our carpooling services, Carpool World. There is tremendous potential to expand use of Carpool World within the large pool of commuters, thereby reducing the number of single-occupancy commutes and emissions.
For a full breakdown of the survey, follow this link: Transportation Survey 2019-2020
Numbers in the table represent the total number of respondents from that group that had included that option as one of their commuter options
Numbers in parentheses represent the percentage of total respondents from that group that included that option as one of their commuter options.