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Michigan State University is dedicated to providing green transportation opportunities to its students, staff and faculty members. Alternative methods of travel impact the environment in a positive way by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

In this photo, students on MSU's campus walk and bike to class on a winter day.
Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy

Walking

MSU consists of more than 5,000 acres and is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. Strolling along the Red Cedar River trail, you may see canoes drifting down the river or be moved by the alluring Beal Botanical Garden. A number of paths weave through campus, so break out your walking shoes and explore MSU!

Check out the MSU Walking Map for routes.

Biking

When walking is not fast enough, biking is a healthy and environmentally-sustainable transportation option for the MSU community. With more than 70% of its roads equipped with bike lanes and more than 20,000 bicycle parking spaces, MSU has been named a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

Additionally, MSU has installed several bike repair stations (PDF) across campus, providing cyclists with a place to fix flats and make minor adjustments. MSU’s Bikes Service Center also offers a range of services for individuals or departments looking to rent, repair, buy or equip a bike.

Follow the MSU Bikes Blog for tips on bike safety, bike security and to learn more about the bike resources offered on campus.

CATA

The Capital Area Transit Authority (CATA) bus system is easily-recognizable both on and off campus. For faculty and staff heading to meetings or students hurrying to class, CATA offers safe, reliable transportation. Bike racks are available on all CATA buses for passenger use; no additional fares apply. Bike lockers are also available for a $10 monthly fee. More information about bike restrictions and services can be found on CATA’s website.

Not only does CATA provide great bus transit, but they also offer the following services:

These are all part of CATA’s Clean Commute Options program for the Greater Lansing area.

Employee bus pass information

All regular MSU employees can use their Employee ID card to ride CATA's campus bus service for free on Routes 30 through 39, Lot Link and Night Owl. Your MSU ID card serves as your employee bus pass. The pass is only available when the campus Spartan Service is in operation and does not include the breaks or summer semesters.

Transportation Services

MSU is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by using and promoting clean transportation. The following types of “green” vehicles are available to university departments:

  • Ford Fusion hybrid vehicles
  • GMC full-sized Yukon hybrid vehicles
  • Ford Escape hybrid vehicles
  • Charter buses that run on biodiesel fuel
  • Ford C-Max hybrid vehicles
  • Chevy Express cargo vans (run on propane auto-gas)

To rent a vehicle, call the Transportation Services office at call (517) 353-5280.

In this photo Matt Stehouwer, technology manager for the College of Natural Science, re-charges his electric vehicle at the charging station in the Kellogg Center Parking Ramp.
Photo courtesy of Communications and Brand Strategy

Electric vehicle charging stations

MSU is encouraging the use of eco-friendly transportation with five electric vehicle charging stations around campus: four stations in the south Spartan Stadium parking lot and one in the parking ramp of the Kellogg Center. Learn more about MSU's electric vehicle charging stations on the Infrastructure Planning and Facilities website.

Car-sharing

MSU has partnered with Zipcar to promote carpooling and the use of mass transit. The program, which launched January 12, 2011, put seven pods on campus with nine cars available for students, faculty and staff to reserve and use.

Additionally, Enterprise has partnered with MSU to provide a Rideshare vanpooling service for commuters at the university. Visit their website to learn about rates, the application process and their Guaranteed Ride Home Program.