Sustainable Transportation

Purdue university supports sustainable transportation alternaves, providing everything from free bus service for the students, faculty and staff, to bike lanes and bicycle repair stations across campus. And if you drive your electric vehicle to campus, you'll have a place to charge it. Read below to learn more about how Purdue uses CityBus, ZipCar, and charging stations on campus, or click here to learn about biking on Purdue's Campus.

CityBus Partnership

Purdue University has contracted with CityBus, or the Greater Lafayette Public Transportation Corporation, for Purdue students, faculty, and staff to enjoy unlimited, free access to bus services throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette. The win-win partnership provides the Purdue community with a transportation alternative to private vehicles, which helps reduce congestion, control carbon emissions, and lessen campus parking needs.

Purdue negotiates the value of the agreement each year funds it from the university's general budget. Purdue riders can ride free by simply showing their Purdue photo identification. As of 2011, the total number of Purdue riders on Citybus was 3,497,900, which constituted 67% of CityBus’ overall passengers.

CityBus has also been utilizing hybrid buses, renewable wind energy to power its facilities, motion sensitive lighting, and dusk activated lighting as part of its sustainability initiative. The company is a frequent exhibitor at the Alternative Transportation Expo, organized annually as part of Purdue University’s Green Week celebrations in October. Expo visitors can interact directly with representatives from Citybus on its ongoing renewable energy and green transportation efforts.

Purdue ZipCar Program

Don't want to bring your car to campus? Tired of the hassles and cost of gas and insurance? Check out the Purdue Zipcar sharing program.

Purdue launched this program in the fall of 2011 to offer faculty, staff and students a flexible alternative to bringing their own vehicles to campus. Instead, they can use the Zipcars. Not only does this give campus drivers access to vehicles when they need them, but they don't have to worry about gas and insurance. And the program also reduces the demand for university parking facilities, alleviates congestion, and reduces our carbon footprint.

There are many locations accross campus that you can find our zip cars including:

  • Shreve Hall
  • Memorial Mall
  • Black Cultural Center
  • The Life Science Plant and Soils building
  • Grissom Hall

Access to these cars is by self-service, and 24 hours/day, every day.

Apply online or learn more at our mobile-friendly site.

Purdue Car Charging Stations

Want to drive your electric vehicle to campus but afraid you won't have anywhere to charge it? Purdue University has four charging stations for electric vehicles, obtained as part of a grant from General Electric in 2010. The charging stations support more sustainable transportation options and help the university cut long-term emissions.

The stations have been placed in prominent, well-lit locations to enable easy access:

  • University Street Parking Garage
  • Northwestern Avenue Parking Garage
  • Grant Street Parking Garage
  • Near the Armory building

Each station has 2 charging units.

View a map of the charging station locations