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Alternative Transportation

We encourage everyone to consider using alternative means of transportation. The options below can get you where you're going, while saving fuel and money and the hassle of finding parking.


  • All full-time Vanderbilt employees are eligible to participate in the VU Ride Matching program. This program matches people from similar general locations who wish to share a ride to Vanderbilt. Who can join? All Vanderbilt employees and students who have email addresses may apply for this program.
  • Other Carpool Matching Services: If you are interested in joining a carpool that is not limited to the Vanderbilt community, there are many other carpool matching services available online. Simply conduct a Google search entitled “carpool match”.
  • Vanderbilt has partnered with the Transportation Management Association (TMA) to enable all employees at the university to enjoy this money saving and environmentally friendly commuting solution. Vanpooling allows riders to share on gas costs, avoid wear and tear on their personal vehicles and to save money on parking.
    If you are interested in joining or forming a vanpool, please log onto:

MTA/VU  Ride to Work Program

  • All full-time Vanderbilt employees, and graduate students    are eligible to ride  to and from work on an MTA bus. Simply swipe your I.D. card upon boarding the bus. The I.D. can be used "only" for rides to and from work. Contractors, ex-employees and former graduate students are not eligible. Bus route and schedule information is available at or by calling (615) 862-5950.

RTA Express Buses

RTA routes and Schedules Click Here 

  • Discounted 20 ride RTA EXPRESS TICKETS for the RTA bus services are available to all full-time Vanderbilt employees, graduate, professional and medical students. Bus route and schedule information is available at RTA. Discounted tickets are available at VUDP Parking Services,2800 Vanderbilt Place. Free Parking is available at Lot 127 on days you must drive to work. Shuttle information is available at Chestnut Shuttle. Route and times

  Available - Online sales of RTA and Music City Star tickets for pickup at  Parking Service, 2800 Vanderbilt Place or Sarratt Student Center Box Office. Purchase now. Please wait until you receive an email confirmation with ticket numbers before going to pick-up tickets.

Use this form to purchase transit tickets for the Music City Star and RTA Express bus!

Additional locations to purchase transit tickets:


Parking Services, 2800 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37212 ...7:30 a.m.– 10:30 p.m. (615-322-2554)

Sarratt Student Center Box Office,....9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Music City Star

Music City Star  Commuter rail service provides up to a 60% discount to all full-time Vanderbilt University and Medical Center employees. Rail stops include Lebanon, Martha, Mount Juliet, Hermitage, and Donelson. A free shuttle bus service between the Nashville Riverfront Terminal and the Vanderbilt Campus coincides with train arrivals and departures. Discount tickets are available at Parking Services. Free Parking is available at Lot 127 on days you must drive to work. Shuttle service available at Chestnut Shuttle Parking Schedule Route and times

Occasional Campus Parking

Parking Services is now offering a new $5 hangtag to University Central faculty, staff and students who primarily use alternative transportation when coming to campus.  The new hangtag may be used on a day when a faculty, staff or student needs to drive his/her personal vehicle to campus instead of using alternative transportation.  The hangtag is eligible for parking in the paid spaces in the Wesley Place, Terrace Place and 25th Avenue Garages or in Lots 77, 72D and 72E for one day only.  University Central faculty, staff and students with a valid I.D. should come to the VUPD Parking Services, 2800 Vanderbilt Place to purchase the hangtag (more than one may be purchased at a time). Free parking is available at the Chestnut Shuttle Parking lot. Route and times

Emergency Ride Home Program

  • The Emergency Ride Home service is intended to provide free emergency rides home for registered commuters who travel in Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson counties, who cannot ride home with their normal carpool, vanpool, train or express bus. Commuters must be pre-registered in the program and will receive a voucher for a taxi or rental car for transportation home.
  • The Emergency Ride Home service is not available during periods of bad weather.
  • To register for the Emergency Ride Home service, qualified applicants can call 615-862-8833, or fill out and submit the Emergency Ride Home Application form online. You may also print out and complete the application and fax it to Regional Transportation Authority: 615-862-6208.



  • Zipcars are available by the hour or by the day--wheels when you want them. Gas, insurance and 180 free miles are included with every reservation. The low hourly rate includes everything you need (except a destination).  Who can join? All Vanderbilt employees, students, alumni and departments may apply for the Zipcar program. Want to learn more click here .

Enterprise CarShare

Vandy Vans


The Vanderbilt University Department of Public Safety administers the Vandy Vans shuttle bus service at Vanderbilt University. The shuttles operate during the academic year while student are present. The hours of operation are   6:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. 7 days a week on designated routes. For additional information and comments CLICK HERE .

Bicycles on Campus

Bicycles are a great way to arrive to campus, they are energy efficent and enviromentally freindly. Be sure to contact VUPD for registration. For areas to park you bicycle on campus Click here  .

recycle    VanderBIKES is a student-run bicycle rental business committed to making biking an easy and accessible form of transportation on Vanderbilt s campus. VanderBIKES offers semester and year-long rental packages with maintenance included. Order your bike now at

EV Charging Stations

Click here  to find a location on campus to charge your electic vehicle.

Chestnut Shuttle

The Chestnut lot offers free parking for faculty, staff, and students. There is a shuttle that runs from the lot to Medical Center North. For more details select the link below. 



Want to Ride the VandyVan? Check their routes and information on the SafeVU App Download now!

New additional Location for RTA bus, Music City Star tickets

Kensington Garage Permit Holder

You can start parking in the garage once you pickup you access card. Prior to picking up you card you must park in Lot 72E and 72D. If you pull a ticket to enter the garage you are responsible for paying the daily parking fees.

 Scooters and Motorcycles  A Permit is required for ALL vehicles parking on the Vanderbilt University Campus. Scooters and motorcycles are not allowed to operate on sidewalks, walkways or similar pathways. See Policy:  policy     map




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