Sustainability at Tufts

Category: Transportation (page 1 of 6)

2015 Transportation Survey Results

In order to comply with Massachusetts regulations and reduce Tufts’ greenhouse gas emissions from commuting and university vehicles, the Operations Division and the Office of Sustainability survey members of the Tufts community each year about their transportation habits.  Members of the Tufts community were randomly selected to participate in a short survey containing general questions about current and future transportation at Tufts. 5,200 people participated in the survey, representing an overall response rate of 34%.

The final survey results can be viewed here.

The graph below shows the response rate per population per campus:

survey response rate

Take Public Transit to Campus for Commencement!

Commencement is a little over a week away! Families coming to campus can easily take public transportation to the Medford campus. Instead of worrying where to park, simply take the MBTA, bus, or the Tufts shuttle bus (The Joey).


  • Take the Red Line to Davis Square
  • From Davis Square, you can walk approximately 15 minutes to get to campus or take the Tufts Shuttle Bus (The Joey)

The Joey

  • Picks up in Davis Square in front of J.P. Licks and drops off at Lower Campus Center, Wren Hall, and The Olin Center
  • Visit for live tracking, or download the Double Map app.


  • #80 at Lechmere Station
  • #94 at Medford Square
  • #96 via Davis, Porter, and Harvard Square
  • All buses stop at College Avenue and Powderhouse Square, College Avenue and Professor’s Row, College Avenue and Boston Avenue, & Boston Avenue and Tufts Garage

Are you ready for Bay State Bike Week?

Bay State Bike Week

From May 9th-17th, Massachusetts will be celebrating Bay State Bike Week. Every May, residents across Massachusetts come together in celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation. This is Bay State Bike Week. From Cape Cod to the Berkshires and everywhere in between, participants organize events like film screenings, bike breakfasts, festivals, and more, to have fun while encouraging new riders and raising awareness about bicycle transportation. Bay State Bike Week is a partnership between MassBike, MassDOT, and MassRIDES, in collaboration with local advocacy leaders, bike shop owners, and anyone else who likes seeing others go by bike. Massachusetts is currently the only state that hosts a statewide bike week. Each year, Bay State Bike Week raises awareness about cycling as an alternative form of transportation, a sustainable commuting option, and a fun form of exercise.

Safety Information

  • Smart Cycling Tips from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Go by Bike: A Guide to Bicycling in Massachusetts (English) (Spanish)
  • What Every Parent Should Know (English)
  • Child Safety Flyer (English)
  • Same Roads Same Rules Spoke Cards: These contain handy safety tips and can be handed out to both cyclists and motorists. (English) (Spanish)

There are many ways you can get involved with Bay State Bike Week:

mcbc2015MassCommute Bicycle Challenge:  Sign up to ride for the Tufts Team and log your miles daily (simply select Tufts University as your team when you register)! Awards and Prizes will be given to the team that logs the longest commutes, highest number of cyclists, and largest total mileage among others. Participate in daily raffles for registering, and compete for individual accolades as well. Registration is completely free. If you’re using social media, be sure to post using the hashtag #MCBC2015. The Office of Sustainability will be providing updates throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also log your miles on NuRide for the chance to win these great prizes including: Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards, The North Face Backpack, Smith Optics Helmet, Zipp Bike Wheels, Sram Bike Accessories, and a Park Tool Bike Workstand.

Bike Fridays (Boston Metro Area): On Bike Fridays, you can join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Safe guided convoys with experienced ride leaders will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Because you rode your bike, you’ll get a free breakfast and coffee courtesy of Boloco, set to music amid an expo at City Hall Plaza. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun at City Hall Plaza. Registration is free.

  • April 24th
  • May 15th – Boston Bike Week Festival!
  • June 26th
  • July 24th
  • August 28th

Bike Bash (Wednesday, May 27th): The Bike Bash is the event wrap up party which celebrates the conclusion of the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge! All Challenge participants are invited to join in on the celebration. The Bash is an opportunity to acknowledge and award our winning teams and all of our wonderful riders! It’s also a chance to raffle off all of the drawing prizes that have been donated by sponsors.

Visit the Bay State Bike Week event calendar for a list of statewide events and check out the Somerville Beat Guide to Cycling in the City.

Hubway at Tufts - Packard Avenue

Hubway at Tufts – Packard Avenue

For more information regarding biking at Tufts, visit our biking at Tufts web page.

Project Manager, Livable Streets Alliance (Cambridge, MA)

LivableStreets seeks a highly motivated and talented Project Manager to provide effective coordination and implementation of the Greenway Links Initiative work plan.

The Greenway Links Initiative advances the vision of a seamless 200-mile ‘emerald network’ of multi-use greenways across the urban core, from the Mystic River to the Neponset River, to create an urban recreational and transportation system that will connect every neighborhood to open space, transit, employment opportunities, and public services, and thereby increase mobility, promote healthy active recreation, improve climate change resiliency, and create a 21st century system that will enhance our city’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Building off of years of groundwork, the Project Manager will launch and implement Phase II of the initiative to turn a vision into reality by advocating for the spectrum of steps needed for actual construction of greenway links for all people to enjoy.


Application Deadline: N/A
Apply Online

Signing up for the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge!

Knowing that the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge is coming up, I decided to do my part and register for the Tufts cycling team. Being fully away of how difficult it can sometimes be to register for large events such as the Challenge, I decided to document the process in hopes that it would serve to be of some use for interested Jumbos looking to ditch the car and grab their bikes for the week.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.41.53After typing in the URL, I was met with the MassCommute Bike Challenge main page. It was incredibly simple to read, easy to navigate, and fairly minimalist. The sections were displayed on the left and were short and sweet. Below the main  “Welcome” message was what looked like the log data for the upcoming event, and the tab “Register for the Challenge Today!” was directly in front of me.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.50.30Clicking on it led me to a page that asked me to type a username and come up with a password. I used my email for the username, jotted down a password for the website, and clicked continue.

Screenshot 2014-05-02 14.57.49

The information page loaded after this. Being familiar with registration sites, I was prepared for copious amounts of information to be asked (Email, phone number, home address, blood type, mother’s maiden name, work history, your kindergarten teacher’s best friend’s third cat’s middle name) and feared for the worse. I was surprised that, much like the other pages of the website, it was incredibly simple and uncomplicated It asked me my affiliation, so I selected “school” and picked Tufts from a drop down menu. I was also asked my age, gender, typical bike mileage, and reason for registering. It took me two minutes to give them the information before I continued to the next page.

I agreed to the Terms and Conditions after that and was told that my registration was complete. “That was it?!” I thought to myself. “Really?!”

I was fascinated by the expedient nature of the website, how easily I was able to prepare to cycle for Tufts, and how ready I was to grab my bike and hit the road. The takeaway from this is: Signing up for the bike challenge is simple, painless, and takes less than a few minutes.  If you want to represent the school, its as easy as that.




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