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Alternative Transportation

Mission Statement

Alternative Transportation promotes and encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation (e.g., bicycling, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, riding transit) to get to, from, and around campus instead of a single occupancy vehicle.

Please Take our Commuter Mode Survey

Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation invites you to participate in the university’s first commuting survey! This 3 minute survey is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Your responses will help the university better understand how the Virginia Tech community gets to, from and around campus. The survey will be available at VT Commuter Survey from Monday, March 24th – Friday, April 4th. Please contact kathrynz@vt.edu with any questions. Thank you!

Updates and Reminders

  • Students: Check out this Podcast on alternative transportation options for traveling home for the holidays!
  • The Alternative Transportation Center, located at 1330 Perry Street on the ground floor of the Perry Street Parking Garage, is now open.
  • Discounted Smart Way bus passes are available to faculty, staff, and students. Learn more.
  • There is a New Bicycle and Personal Transportation Devices Policy. Read the details here
  • All Bicycles on Virginia Tech Campus must be registered with Parking Services. A Bicycle Registration Form is available for easy registration.

Alternative Transportation Center

The Alternative Transportation Center houses the Alternative Transportation staff offices and the Hokie Bike Hub. The Hokie Bike Hub provides cyclists with the tools and resources for self–service bike repair as well as the option to join educational bike maintenance sessions with the Hub's mechanic. Also at the Alternative Transportation Center, students, faculty, and staff can register their bike, pick up informational brochures about local and regional transit, ride share, and car share opportunities, and grab a spoke card and bike map for their bike ride around campus. Visitors can also pick up a visitor's parking pass from the Center. The Alternative Transportation Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM–4:00 PM and is located at 1330 Perry Street on the ground floor of the Perry Street Parking Garage.

Programs

  • Zimride

    Virginia Tech has recently partnered with Zimride to provide the community enhanced ride sharing options. Visit www.zimride.com/vt today to create your account.

  • ZipCar at Virginia Tech

    wheels with no strings attached

    Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Virginia Tech has partnered with Zipcar to bring self–service, on–demand car sharing to the area this September. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you're done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.

    As a member you get:

    • access to Zipcar 24/7;
    • discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff, and students age 18 and older—rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day;
    • gas, insurance, and maintenance are included for free; and
    • join for only $25 a year and receive $35 in driving credit your first month.

    Learn more at www.zipcar.com/vt

    Former UCarShare members click here

    Need more information?

    Also, read more about the ZipcarU programs available for personal, individual, and departmental use here.

  • Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP)

    CAP has two parking permit programs to fit your commuting needs. You can find the CAP Registration Form online, but you must register in person with Parking and Transportation at 605 Research Center Drive.

    • Carpool Programs

      Carpooling saves you money on parking and gas, and it's the closest thing you can get to RESERVED PARKING on campus. This program is available to Blacksburg Campus only. Learn more about the carpool programs for students and faculty/staff.

    • Bike, Bus, & Walk (BB&W)

      BB&W is available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students who use alternative transportation methods as their primary means of commuting to campus. Examples include riding the Blacksburg Transit or Smart Way buses, bicycling, and walking. Read more.

  • Ridesharing with RIDE Solutions

    RIDE Solutions makes finding carpool partners easy by maintaining a database of people who are interested in carpooling. The database stores information such as origin and destination points, work schedule, and preference for driving, riding, and alternating. Vist RIDE Solutions or call 1–866–424–3334 to get started or find out more information.

  • Vanpooling

    The VT Vanpool Program is available for full–time, permanent employees for commuting purposes. If you're interested in sharing the ride with other full–time employees, learn more about the program or contact Debby Freed at dfreed@vt.edu or 540–231–0248.

  • Flexible Work Option

    For information about VT's Flexible Work Option, visit the Flexible Work Options website.

Questions? Comments?

Contact us at dfreed@vt.edu or 540–231–0248.