Duke's Sustainable Transportation

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With more than 30,000 employees, thousands of students, and tens of thousands of visitors, Duke University and Health System generate significant demand for transportation. Meeting that need requires the use of public transit and alternative modes of transportation. Vehicle use contributes to traffic congestion, high infrastructure costs, and pollution. At Duke, we are striving to increase the convenience and incentives for commuters using alternative modes of transportation in order to achieve carbon neutrality, preserve green space and prevent congestion.

Alternative Transportation @ Duke

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Duke has a variety of ways to get around campus. Whether it is one of the buses that service a dozen routes or carpooling/vanpooling options, you are likely to find an alternative way to and from campus. For a complete list of alternative transportation options, see the list below:

To help navigate local on and off campus alternative transportation, please download the Transloc and other mobile apps, which provides real-time location of buses and their schedules.

Transportation Goals in the Climate Action Plan

Duke has set a goal of reducing single occupancy vehicle rates, meaning employees who commute to campus alone. While Duke has worked diligently to influence employee decisions on how they commute to campus, the drive alone rate has been difficult to reduce. Some reasons for this are that drive-alone rates are influenced by many external factors including gas prices, the desire for flexible commuting, and regional transportation options. In FY17, drive-alone rates remained stable at 74%.

Graph of Duke's drive alone rate compared to historical gas prices
Despite concerted efforts to increase viable alternative transportation options for the Duke community, external factors such as where employees live and the price of gasoline have made drive alone rates harder to impact.


Parking and Transportation’s efforts to provide robust alternative transportation options continued in FY17 with enhanced occasional parking options, development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the University, as well as installations of new electric vehicle charging stations, bringing the total to 19 on campus.