Transportation Alternatives at OSU
Welcome to the OSU Alternative Transportation Committee's web site. Our mission is to promote and facilitate the use of alternative modes of transportation at Oregon State University. This site compiles information from a variety of sources regarding biking, walking, carpooling and public transportation. Use the navigation bar above to explore the topics.
If you have a question regarding alternative transportation, please contact the ATAC Chair.
BoltBus Expands Service to Albany, Portland and Eugene
From Eugene, the new service includes four round trips to Portland on Thursdays through Mondays, with several schedules per week continuing to Seattle. From Albany, BoltBus will operate service four days a week to Portland and Eugene.
For more information, check out this OregonLive article
To book a trip visit the BoltBus website.
New Emergency Ride Home Program
If you commute to work by bike, bus, carpool/vanpool, or walking, you may be concerned with how to get home in case of an emergency. The Cascades West Rideshare Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program is here to help. This new FREE program is open to anyone who works in Linn, Benton or Lincoln Counties. Sign up today! more...
Bike Friendly University!
OSU is one of the top ten most bike-friendly campuses in the nation, according to Best Colleges Online. The OSU ranking was partly based on the university’s location in Corvallis, which is known as the second most bike-friendly town in the nation. 97% of Corvallis’s streets have bike lanes, and more people (by percentage) take trips by bike in Corvallis than any other Oregon city. 30% of students bike to campus and bikers at OSU get to take advantage of bikes for sale in the university’s surplus property, free bike repair services, bike maps, and plenty of lockers for storage. more
OSU's Department of Civil Engineering has a bicycling simulator that can operate in parallel with a driving simulator to evaluate street designs, study interactins between cyclists and motorists, and a host of other possibilities. more
The Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) is currently working on a Bicycle Plan for OSU. The Bicycle Plan will provide guidance, strategies, and specific improvements needed to make OSU the best campus we can be for bicycling. The plan will include the circulation network, parking, and programs that support and encourage bicycle use at the university. If you have any ideas or concerns, please forward them to the ATAC Chair.
Best Workplace for Commuters
Oregon State University's main campus has been designated as one of US Environmental Protection Agency's Best Workplaces for Commuters. This designation recognizes employers for outstanding efforts to provide alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle including:
- An electronic ridematching and carpooling system
- Agreements with the City of Corvallis and the City of Albany for prepaid rides on Corvallis Transit System, the Linn-Benton Loop, the Philomath Connection and Albany Transit System
- A campus shuttle that is free to all riders
- Telecommuting options (pdf) and compressed work schedules
- An emergency ride home program
- Preferential parking for vanpools, and partnerships with organizations that provide carpool ridematching and vanpool services
- A physical development plan, the OSU Master Plan, that requires dense growth within existing campus boundaries, enabling students to walk between classes with the 10 minutes allocated between classes
- Secure bicycle parking and showers