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Transportation Options

Oregon State University Transportation Options

OSU has been recognized for providing excellent alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle.  In brief, here is a list of transportation options:

Additional transportation options resources can also be found on the Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee website.

Corvallis and OSU Main Campus

Beaver Bus 
Operated by Corvallis Transit System, and funded jointly by Associated Students of OSU and the City of Corvallis, the Beaver Bus is a late night service that operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday when OSU is in session. Anyone can ride the Beaver Bus the same way they ride CTS day service - using the fare box, or under existing pass programs.

Corvallis Pedicab
Corvallis Pedicab is a new local business offering human-powered transportation in and around Corvallis.  The service operates much like a traditional taxi and is available on-demand or by reservation.  It is also available for special events and occasions.

Corvallis Transit System
CTS provides public transit service to the Corvallis and Philomath areas, and also targets transportation to youth and elderly, persons with disabilities, and low-income citizens. Students, staff and faculty ride CTS and Philomath Connection free by showing OSU ID.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are being used throughout campus for passenger transport and freight delivery. As of March 2010, OSU employed about 21 electric vehicles on campus. EVs have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced emissions of air pollutants including CO2, even if the electrical grid mix is coal heavy
  • Zero tailpipe emissions, lowered noise pollution, no waiting at the gas station, decreased maintenance costs
  • Increased energy efficiency due to greater efficiency of electric motor, less idling loss, and typically lower weight of EV

Emergency Rides Home 
The City of Corvallis also administers the Emergency Ride Home program.

Linn-Benton Loop Transit Bus 
The Linn-Benton Loop operates Monday through Saturday and has connecting points with Albany Transit System and Corvallis Transit System, and stops at LBCC and OSU. OSU students, faculty and staff ride free by showing OSU ID.

Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee
This OSU committee advises the University on expanding the use of alternative transportation.                                

OSU Bike Loan Program
The Bike Loan Program allows members of the OSU Community to rent fully-functioning bicycles by day, week, or term. To reserve a bike, visit the Adventure Leadership Institute desk just across from the indoor climbing center in Dixon Recreation Center.                                                                 

OSU Beaver Bus
A free campus shuttle service for the convenience of students, staff and all visitors.

OSU Motor Pool 
The Motor Pool provides vehicles for the wide variety of OSU's transportation needs. The vehicle fleet includes Toyota Prius hybrids and electric vehicles.

OSU Transit and Parking Services 
In addition to operating the campus shuttle, TAPS manages all parking infrastructure and services like jump starts and help with keys locked in cars. TAPS also supports biking and pedestrian improvements.

Albany

Albany Transit System 
ATS provides public transportation in Albany, 11 miles from Corvallis. OSU students, staff and faculty ride free by showing OSU ID.

Eugene

Lane Transit District
LTD provides public transit service, event shuttles, park and ride services, and other resources that reduce dependency on the automobile.

Willamette Valley

Valley Retriever
The Valley Retriever has daily runs through the northern Willamette Valley, Bend and Newport. Costs range from $6.00-38.50, depending on distance traveled, and some pickup locations require advanced notice for pickup. (541) 265-2253

Valley VanPool
Cascades West Rideshare, Mid-Valley Rideshare, and Lane Transit District’s Commuter Solutions Program collaborated two years ago to streamline service, promotion, and recruitment for commuter van pools in the Willamette Valley. Valley VanPool, the resulting program, reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by over 100,000 miles every month.

OSU Recognized Under Best Workplaces for Commuters Program

Oregon State University's main campus has been designated by the National Center for Urban Transportation Research as one of their Best Workplaces for Commuters. This designation recognizes employers for outstanding efforts to provide alternatives to the single occupancy vehicle.


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