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ZipCar

Zipcars are rental cars available at various locations on campus to members of the Zipcar program. Members can reserve cars minutes or months in advance, and gas, parking, and insurance are included in hourly and daily rates. Zipcars are available for use at Vanderbilt. Individual annual memberships for Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are available for $35; departmental memberships are available at no cost. Any community member who is not affiliated with Vanderbilt University can receive membership for an annual fee of $50 and a one-time application fee of $25.

Zipcar at Vanderbilt

Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare, formerly known as WeCar, is a membership-based car sharing program for people who are looking for an alternative method of transportation that lowers the cost and reduces the hassles of traditional transportation. Cars are available by the hour or by the day. Gas, insurance and 200 free miles are included with every reservation. All Vanderbilt employees, students, alumni and departments may apply for the Enterprise CarShare program.

CarShare at Vanderbilt

MTA Free Ride to Work Program

Vanderbilt’s “Free Ride to Work” program fully subsidizes (100% discount) the cost for all Vanderbilt employees and graduate, professional, and medical students to ride the local mass transit buses to and from work each day.  To ride for free, eligible individuals simply swipe their VU ID card as they board an MTA bus going to and from work, and Vanderbilt will be charged for the ride.  View MTA’s route and schedule information.

Contact Info:
130 Nestor Street
Nashville, TN 37210-2124
(615) 862-5969
customercomments@nashville.gov

Music City Star Commuter Rail

Vanderbilt University provides up to a 60% discount for employees who wish to ride the commuter train, the Music City Star.  Rail stops include Lebanon, Martha, Mount Juliet, Hermitage, and Donelson. A free shuttle bus service between the Nashville Riverfront Music City Star Terminal and Vanderbilt’s campus coincides with train arrivals and departures.  Discounted tickets may be purchased at Wesley Place and East garages, HR Express locations in Medical Center North and the Children’s Hospital, or online from the Office of Traffic and Parking.  View Music City Star Commuter Rail information.

Contact Info:
Regional Transportation Authority
130 Nestor Street
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 862-8833
rta@nashville.gov

RideMatch/Carpool

Vanderbilt has invested in its own ride match software system, which facilitates the identification of potential carpool and vanpool partners in the Vanderbilt community (anyone with a Vanderbilt email address).  This program matches people from similar general locations who wish to share a ride to Vanderbilt. View the RideMatch website.

Regional/Inter-City Bus Service

The Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Relax-and-Ride program and Vanderbilt Coach Service provide express bus route transportation between downtown Nashville and surrounding areas.  Discount tickets (23%-38% depending on route) are available for all Vanderbilt employees, medical, graduate, and professional students, and medical center volunteers who would like to take advantage of regional/inter-city bus service.  Tickets may be purchased at Wesley Place and East garages, HR Express locations in Medical Center North and the Children’s Hospital, or online from the Office of Traffic and Parking.

Contact Info:
Regional Transportation Authority
130 Nestor Street
Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 862-8833
rta@nashville.gov

Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee is promotes public transportation in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. The corporation will work to galvanize community support for transit development, provide information on the benefits of transit, develop regional agreement on strategies for funding transit and advocate for dedicated funding for regional and local transit.

Contact Info:
511 Union Street, Suite 1850
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 252-8740
info@thetransitalliance.org

Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) leads in the development of the region’s long-range transportation plan and short-range transportation improvement program through a partnership among the U.S. DOT, Tennessee DOT, local elected leadership, local planning and public works directors, the business community, and citizens across the Nashville region.

Contact Info:
800 Second Avenue South
PO Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300
(615) 862-7204

Transit Now Nashville

Transit Now Nashville

Transit Now Nashville aims to raise awareness of the benefits of regional mass transit options for the people living in the Nashville area.

Contact Info:
info@transitnownashville.org

Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee

Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on air quality in the eight-county area including Cheatham, Dickson, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. CAP works to encourage lifestyle changes by promoting concepts like carpooling, mass transit, and regular car maintenance.

Contact Info:
Clean Air Partnership
PO Box 92256
Nashville, TN 37209
Melissa Stevens, Communications Director
(615) 340-0383
melissa@cleanairpartnership.info

Tennessee Smart Commute

Tennessee Smart Commute serves as a clearing house for commuting choices. As we all work together to reduce congestion on our roadways, improve air quality, reduce transportation costs, and provide alternative transportation choices that create a better quality of life throughout our state, Tennessee Smart Commute is your information resource to make this happen.

Contact Info:
TN.SmartCommute@tn.gov

Nashville Cyclists

Nashville Cyclists is an organization for cyclists in the Nashville area. Check out their website for races, team information, and community activities.

Contact Info:
(615) 310-3745

Walk/Bike Nashville

Walk/Bike Nashville is working towards developing active transport, such as walking and biking, a more serious part of the Nashville community.

Contact Info:

info@walkbikenashville.org

Bike Walk Tennessee

Bike Walk Tennessee promotes cycling and walking in Tennessee for the benefit of health, recreation, tourism and a cleaner environment for all by advocating for safety, facilities and increased government and public relations.

Contact Info:
Bike Walk Tennessee
2807 White Oak Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
BikewalkTN@gmail.com

Harpeth Bicycle Club

The Harpeth Bicycle Club welcomes members at all levels of cycling with regular rides, social events, the annual Harpeth River Ride, and other useful information about cycling around Nashville, Franklin and Middle Tennessee.

Contact Info:
Harpeth Bicycle Club
PO Box 680802
Franklin, TN 37068-0802

Cumberland Transit

Cumberland Transit is Nashville’s oldest and largest locally-owned outdoor adventure retailer. Whether biking or hiking, canoeing or kayaking, trail running or traveling, Cumberland Transit has you covered from head to toe with the best in outdoor gear, clothing and footwear.

Contact Info:
2807 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 321-4069
info@cumberlandtransit.com

Halcyon Bike Shop

Halcyon Bike Shop is a worker owned and operated recycled and restored custom used bicycle shop in the 12 South District of Nashville. The shop is committed to serving Nashville with quality products and service at affordable prices.

Contact Info:
1118 Halcyon Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 730-9344

Re{cycle}

Re{cycle} is a bike rental company, dedicated to making biking an easy and accessible form of transportation in and around the Vanderbilt campus.
Contact Info:
email: recycle.vanderbilt@gmail.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/recycle/207461332666106?sk=wall

Nashville B-cycle

Nashville B-cycle is an innovative new bike-share initiative, offering 190 durable urban bicycles to rent for short trips at 20 automated kiosks in the city.

Contact Info:
206 Capitol Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 625-2153
krawls@nashvilledowntown.com

Nashville GreenBikes

Nashville GreenBikes is a free and easy way to explore Nashville’s parks, greenways and city streets.  Residents & visitors, with an ID or proof of address, can check out a GreenBike at any of their convenient locations.

Contact info:
(615) 625-2153