Active Transportation

Bicycling

Car-Share

Buses

Train

Walking

 

 

 

 

  • There are so many ways to get to, from, and around UIC! We have posted information about the most common forms of alternative transportation to this website. And by “alternative transportation”, we mean anything that gets you from point A to point B without driving in a car by yourself.

    Commuter Student Center

    UIC Interative Map

    UIC Interative Map

    Sustainable Urban Transportation Systems: Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • Biking

    bfu logoUIC was recently announced as a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. The BFU program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff, and visitors. The Bicycle Friendly University program evaluates applicants’ efforts to promote bicycling in five primary areas: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement, and evaluation/planning.  The requirements for this award, as well as a list of all bike friendly universities, can be found here.

     

     

     

    You can learn all about riding your bike on our comprehensive bike page such as

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    Bike 2 Campus Week

    Bike Maps & Amenities

    Bike Maps & Amenities

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    Biking Resources & Community

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    Benefits of Biking

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    Gear for Biking

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    Bike Safety Tips

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    Public Bike Share – DIVVY

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Carpooling

    If you already own a car and have purchased a parking pass on campus, consider finding a fellow student or colleague to share your commute. For the driver, this can save a lot of annual costs on fuel or parking. For the passenger, this is another way to get to campus (along with Public Transit or Bicycling), and might be the only option, depending on where you live. If you carpool regularly with the same people, you can arrange to share a parking pass by indicating this on the parking pass sign-up form. For inquiries, call Campus Parking at (312) 413-5800.

     

    Car-Share

    Car-sharing is an excellent complement to someone who solely uses public transit or bicycles, but may need to use a larger vehicle from time to time. Users can set up on-demand short-term car rentals based on a set rate which typically include all transportation costs like fuel, insurance and overnight parking fees.

    Zipcar

    Drive cars by the hour or day. Gas & insurance included.

    UIC students, staff and faculty can become Zipcar members at a special discounted rate, and take advantage of Zipcar vehicles parked on the campus. Zipcars are available throughout Chicago and in many other cities.

    See more at www.zipcar.com/uic

    Enterprise Car Share

    With cars located all across Chicago, Enterprise CarShare is the perfect complement to the “L“ for errands, appointments and your to-do list. Signing up today allows you to take advantage of all the freedoms of a car, without the costs of owning one, for low hourly and daily rates.

    Enterprise Car Share is another car-sharing service based in Chicago. The UIC community is also eligible for a discount, and many vehicles are on or near the UIC campus.

    See more at www.enterprisecarshare.com

    Getaround

    FREE on demand peer-to-peer carsharing: connecting car owners with car renters.

    Share your car on the Getaround platform with other Getaround members who are looking to use a car every once in a while. This is different from other carsharing companies because Getaround uses YOUR cars (not rental cars) and is free to sign up. They are helping to solve car-overpopulation and reducing our carbon footprint by increasing the utilization of cars that are already on the street. They do this by installing a custom piece of hardware in a person’s car so that renters can find and unlock cars with their phones. Get paid while your car is being used!

    See more at www.getaround.com

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    There are two different types of buses that service the UIC community: the public CTA buses and the UIC shuttles buses.

    CTA Buses

    You can find all the information you want on the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) website regarding bus schedules. Use the CTA Bus Tracker site to see exact locations of the bus stops. Keep an eye out for these lines that have stop directly within UIC property: #7 Harrison, #8 Halsted, #9 Ashland, #12 Roosevelt, #50 Damen, #60 Blue Island/ 26th, and the #157 Streeterville/ Taylor.

    All full-time UIC students receive a U-Pass granting unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority bus service during the semester. Students are assessed a one-time, per-semester fee, so why not take advantage of it?

    Staff and Faculty at UIC are eligible for the Transit Benefit Program, which allows individuals to pay for transit services using pre-tax dollars. The benefit can be applied to the CTAMetra, or Pace transit systems. Please visit the UIC NESSIE webpage to enroll.

      CTA Buses that service the UIC Community

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    Clicking on the image will take you to the CTA Bus Tracker map website. Once there, click on the “routes” button on the upper-right side of the map and add your bus routes to where the buses are in real time.

    UIC Buses

    There are two types of bus service that the UIC Department of Transportation provides for the UIC community. The Intracampus Bus Service provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff to various points on campus. UIC currently runs free intracampus and commuter shuttles to connect both sides of campus to the Metra and Amtrak stations in the West Loop of Chicago. Check the UIC Facilities Management Bus Service website for more details such as schedules and route maps.

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    Intracampus Bus Service

    The Intracampus Bus Service provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff to various points on campus. For information on routes and hours of operation, please visit the Intracampus Buspage.

    Commuter Service

    The Commuter bus runs, free of charge, between the Metra rail hubs along Clinton Street and campus from 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Two buses will be operating along the route, which should result in an estimated frequency of 20-minute intervals. Service will continue subject to funding. Should the service discontinue due to buget constraints, appropriate advance notice will be made.

    For more information on the Commuter Bus and information on transportation alternatives, please visit the Commuter Service page.

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  • All full-time UIC students receive a U-Pass granting unlimited access to Chicago Transit Authority  “L” train during the semester. Students are assessed a one-time, per-semester fee, so why not take advantage of it?

    Staff and Faculty at UIC are eligible for the Transit Benefit Program, which allows individuals to pay for transit services using pre-tax dollars. The benefit can be applied to the CTAMetra, or Pace transit systems. Please visit the UIC NESSIE webpage to enroll.

    The two lines that directly service the UIC area are the Blue and Pink Lines. Click on the image to learn more.

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    Clicking on the image will take you to the CTA train tracker website, to see train arrivals in real time

     

  • Walking can be one of the quickest and healthiest ways to get around campus. The map below estimates walking time on the east side of UIC.

    However, when walking in any major metropolitan city, be aware of your surroundings. The UIC Police recommend to be aware of the people walking behind you and next to you, and if at any time you feel uncomfortable, cross the street. It’s tempting to text, talk on the phone or listen to music while walking around campus, but you’re safest when you don’t. After hours, students, faculty, and staff can call (312) 996-2830 to request an escort to walk them to their campus destination. Please visit the UIC Police Student Escort website for more information.

     

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  • Sustainable Urban Transportation Systems: Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (click on the link to be directed to the full 41-page PDF)

    Prepared for: Office of Sustainability, University of Illinois – Chicago 1140 S. Paulina St. Chicago, Illinois 60612

    Prepared by: Thomas A. Brecheisen, April 30, 2009

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    click on the graph for the full report (PDF)

    ABSTRACT

    A greenhouse gas inventory was conducted for UIC commuters based on the results of a transportation commuter survey. The transportation commuter survey was used to determine the transportation activity data for UIC commuters: students, staff and faculty. The survey was used to determine the passenger miles traveled by UIC commuters for the following modes of transportation: driving (including carpooling), bus, light rail (CTA) and commuter rail (Metra). Emission factors for CO2, CH4 and N2O were generated using the Campus Carbon Calculator. The emissions factors were multiplied by the transportation activity data to determine the baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory. After the baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory was completed, three mode shift alternatives were evaluated to predict the impact on greenhouse gas emissions resulting from a 30% mode-shift from driving to alternative modes of transportation.

    The baseline GHG Inventory concluded that 43,221 metric tons of greenhouse gases as eCO2 were emitted as a result of commuter travel to and from UIC by students, staff and faculty. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of the greenhouse gas emissions were related to driving. All of the mode-shift scenarios resulted in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The best mode-shift alternative was the automobile to light rail scenario. Under this scenario, the GHG Inventory predicted that 37,691 metric tons of greenhouse gases would be emitted as a result of commuter travel to and from UIC by students, staff and faculty, which resulted in an overall 13% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Forty-eight percent (48%) of the greenhouse gas emissions were still related to automobile-oriented transportation. In both cases, ninety-eight percent (98%) of the emissions were as CO2.

    It was clear that the majority of commuter transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions were related to automobile-oriented transit under both the baseline scenario and the 30% mode-shift conditions. Therefore, it was concluded that decreasing automobile related transportation can help UIC reduce its overall carbon footprint and support sustainability.