Transportation is about more than getting from A → B

Transportation choices have real and immediate impacts on our lives, the lives of others, and the natural world.  By traveling sustainably, we can limit our negative impacts, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and create a positive environment for everyone.  As the city of Bozeman grows (the US Census Bureau ranked Bozeman the #1 largest gaining micropolitan area in the Country in 2017) it becomes more important than ever to reduce traffic congestion, infrastructure costs, pollution, and to advocate for travel options that are equitable and convenient. 

 

The MSU Office of Sustainability strives to support those who provide and use sustainable transportation and encourage those who do not.  By doing so, MSU moves one step closer to attaining the goals set forth in the MSU Climate Action Plan as well as make campus welcoming to all.  Whether you are a student, an employee, or a visitor to MSU, you can make the choice to get to campus sustainably.

 

The Bozeman Commuter Project from Western Transportation Institute is a partnership between MSU and the City of Bozeman; it facilitates environmentally friendly commuting.  Make bozemancommute your hub for exploring transportation options, connecting with carpool partners, and tracking how much money you save, CO2 you divert, and calories you burn while walking, teleworking, biking, riding the bus, and carpooling in Bozeman.

More information on sustainable transportation: 

  

Low emission vehicles may be eligible for discounted parking passes. Visit MSU Parking Services to learn more.

Other Transportation Types

Carpool

We have all carpooled at some point. Whether it was heading to Bridger Bowl or to a Bobcat game, we have all made the choice to carpool. Why not make that choice when coming to campus every day? In addition to being a more sustainable choice, carpooling saves you money, makes it easier to find parking, and is a great way to meet new people. You can explore carpool options at bozemancommute.org. Plug in your origin and destination and when you are going, and you will be able to see carpool options. You can then contact the other people directly from the website. There are specific parking spaces available for formal carpools close to the heart of campus. Carpool parking passes are required to park in these designated locations and are available from MSU Parking Services.

Vanpool 

Vanpools allow commuters to relax during their long-distance commute while saving money on fuel and maintenance costs for their vehicle. The meeting location and destinations as well as the commute times are set by the vanpool members to meet their needs.

The Bozeman Commuter Project is organizing a free pilot vanpool for MSU employees who commute from Three Forks, Manhattan, and Livingston. During the pilot program, the costs for the vanpool will be paid for by the Bozeman Commuter Project. At the end of the pilot period, vanpool members interested in continuing will then share the monthly cost of the vanpool. Each vanpool will need to have at least one member to serve as vanpool coordinator. That person, and anyone else that wants to, can be registered as drivers for the vanpool. Rideshare by Enterprise will provide the vanpool services for this pilot program. This program includes:

  • A late-model, fully-equipped vanpool vehicle;
  • Vehicle insurance and fuel;
  • Full vehicle maintenance and roadside assistance.
  • Access to a guaranteed ride home

If you are interested in signing up for the vanpool pilot program or in receiving more information about vanpools at MSU please contact Taylor Lonsdale at paul.lonsdale@montana.edu or (406) 994-7031.

 

A snapshot of MSU employees current transportation choices:

Western Transportation Institute surveyed 1800 people at 5 large employers around Bozeman (including 341 MSU employees) to understand how people get to and from work and what they think about bus, walk, bike and carpool options. Here’s what they found at MSU!

  • 62% of MSU students live within ¼ mile of a Streamline Bus stop.
  • 40% of MSU employees live within ¼ mile of a Streamline Bus stop
  • 45% live within a 2-mile bike ride to campus
  • 18% share a ride to campus with another person half the time or more often

More information from the survey can be found in the MSU Key Findings Report.