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Sustainable Transportation

PSU is home to the busiest transit hub in the state. Not only are alternative transportation modes often the most affordable, choosing them can help minimize problems such as greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic congestion. Alternative transportation modes used by the PSU community include public transit, walking, biking, carpooling, and more.

What we are committed to: supporting affordable shared and alternative commutes and travel

We strive to create policies, plans, and programs that enhance pedestrian and bike safety on campus. By making campus accessible to active commuters, we aim to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips to campus. These principles are expressed in PSU’s Bicycle Transportation Plan, Climate Action Plan, and planned Circulation Study.

On behalf of PSU, Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) advocates for investments in infrastructure and services that improve pedestrian and bike safety on and around campus.

PSU is also committed to reducing the carbon emissions associated with University travel through the Travel Offset Program, which helps fund energy and water efficiency projects on campus.

What we are doing

How we are doing

Annual transportation survey

Transportation & Parking Services conducts an online transportation survey each fall quarter to understand commute modes and patterns across the PSU community. From the survey, we know that sustainable transportation modes account for more than 70% of all student and employee trips to campus, with 46% of trips by transit and 24% with walking and biking combined.

The transportation survey is a critical tool for understanding challenges and opportunities students, faculty, and staff experience when determining how to commute to and from campus. We urge everyone who receives the survey to complete it.


PSU has been named a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

In 2015 PSU was named one of the top 5 schools in the nation for sustainable transportation by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Offsetting travel

Departments participating in the PSU Travel Offset Program help fund Green Revolving Fund (GRF) projects. The GRF has funded 15 projects resulting in over $250,000 annual utility savings.

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Dive into transportation data

Get involved in campus transportation initiatives through the Living Lab program! Whether it's for a class assignment or an independent research project, there are many opportunities to advance student learning while helping PSU better analyze transportation data, promote active transportation, and more.