The Department of Transportation and Parking implements programs at WVU that promote sustainability initiatives. Not only does the department operate the only public Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in the world, they also offer students, faculty, and staff a variety of transportation options. WEGO, a campaign for alternative transportation, continues to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion as well as increase the region’s air quality. While some of these efforts are in the early stages of development, the effects will increase air quality, decrease in traffic congestion, reduced reliance on limited natural resources, and a reduce utility costs for faculty, staff, and students.
The WVU Department of Transportation and Parking offers many incentives for the WVU community to be sustainable. Currently, the department implements the following energy efficiencies:
- Zimride is an online carpooling service available to faculty, staff, and students. |Read more|
- Zipcar is a car-sharing program that offers 5 on campus cars for $8 to $9 per hour depending on the demand for vehicles. |Read more|
- The campus fleet possess one hybrid car.
- Approximately 51% of the student population uses alternative methods of transportation. Likewise, 25% of WVU staff use alternative methods of transportation. (e.g. bicycles, walking, public transportation, carpool)
- The university provides free access to the Mountain Line transit system for all WVU students, faculty, and staff. All buses within the Mountain Line fleet are equipped with bicycle racks to accommodate cyclists. For more information click: Mountain Line
- Through an operating subsidy with the Mountain Line regional transit system, the university provides free transportation to off-campus shopping and living areas as well as early morning transportation to student entertainment areas.
- The University operates the only Public Rapid Transit (PRT) system in the world. The PRT uses 73 computer operated, 100% electric vehicles to transport the WVU community as well as the general public. The PRT system is free to WVU students and employees, and the general public pays $.50 per trip. |Read more|
- Mountaineer Station is a transportation center that provides indoor bicycle storage, pedestrian and bicyclist shower facilities, a commuter student lounge, a general public lounge, a bus terminal for the Mountain Line and WVU shuttle services, a 505-space parking garage, and direct access to the PRT station at the Health Sciences Center. |Read more|
- WVU has offered a bicycle rental program since 2001 that offers 25 different bikes for $7.50 a day. |Read More|