Update to College Transportation Policy
The College is recommending the use of third party vendors for most requests for transportation for business purposes.
The College will no longer be providing drivers for field trips and other College related travel. We understand this may be a significant change for some departments. More specific information on the rationale for change is described below.
MASKS MUST BE WORN ON ALL BUSES AND SHUTTLES
Guests are not permitted on the Exchange Bus or Senate Bus
Only MIT or Wellesley community members may ride the MIT Exchange Bus and only Wellesley students may ride the Senate Bus. The College will revisit this policy if at a later date students are permitted to have guests indoors on campus.
Buses - School sponsored bus and van transport for Students and Faculty
Group/Field Trips – Options for student group and department transportation needs
Ground Transport – Driver based limo, taxi, and chartered travel for both personal and department needs
Public Transportation – Train, Bus, Subway: Find MBTA, Bus and Train options here
College Transportation Policy Update
Last Spring, a dedicated team embarked on a review of motor pool services to the College community. The team’s focus was to explore ways to provide for local/regional business travel that were more cost effective, better for the environment, and provided back-up in case of emergency. Our current dedicated driver model is very costly, in both dollars and greenhouse gasses, compared to externally provided services. The team examined internal utilization data, and gathered data from peer institutions to explore best practices. The team learned that the model of providing dedicated, on-staff, full time drivers was unique among similarly sized peers. The size of our fleet was significantly higher than peers. The dedicated driver model was very costly, in both dollars and greenhouse gas emissions, compared to externally provided services. Peers who depend on a network of external transportation providers have more robust response resources for vehicle emergency services.