Studies show that faculty, staff and student commuting is the major contributor to the University Campus’s carbon footprint, accounting for more than half of the total CO2 emissions. To help reduce individual daily vehicle trips to the campus, we promote several options including:
WRTA Bus Routes
The campus is served by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) with connections to all major routes and the Commuter Rail.
NuRide is a free service offered through MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The NuRide web-based tool tracks greener trips like walking, bike riding, and carpooling, taking public transportation or even telecommuting. Any activity that avoids a solo trip in a car earns points that can be redeemed for rewards. Sign up for free at: http://www.commute.com/commuter-options/nuride
Through MassRIDES, UMMS or UMass Memorial personnel are also eligible for the state’s Emergency Ride Home program (ERH). If you walk, bicycle, carpool, vanpool or take public transportation to work at least twice per week, MassRIDES will reimburse you for a taxi or rental car ride home up to four times per year if you have an emergency. You can learn more and enroll for ERH at http://www.commute.com/log_in. (Note that this is a separate sign-up from NuRide.)