Expand each section below to learn more about the variety of transportation options available.
MoveVU Goal: Increase walking from 6% to 10% by 2025.
According to recent analysis, approximately 26% of Vanderbilt commuters live within a 1-mile radius of campus, roughly a 20-minute walk.
There are many health and wellness benefits to walking. We encourage those who are able to walk to campus to enjoy this free mode. Although this mode may not be an option every day due to weather and other circumstances, every time you can commute to campus by walking makes a positive impact. We suggest having a sturdy umbrella, rain jacket and rain boots on hand to make your walking commute more palatable on rainy days.
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MoveVU Goal: Increase biking from 3% to 8% by 2025.
According to recent analysis, nearly 39% of Vanderbilt commuters live within a 3-mile radius of campus, roughly an 18-minute bike ride.
Bicycles are a great way to commute to and from and travel across campus. There are personal health and wellbeing benefits to biking and the mode is environmentally friendly.
Individuals with personal bicycles are encouraged to register their bikes with the Vanderbilt University Police Department (VUPD).
Nashville BCycle Docked Bike Share
Nashville’s docked bikeshare system, BCycle, has stations that are adjacent to campus. The three closest locations are located at:
- 21st Ave S & Broadway
- Wedgewood Ave between 19th Ave S and 21st Ave S
- 102 27th Ave N in Centennial Park
BCycles are $5 for a day pass or $50 for unlimited hour-long rides all year. More information can be found here.
Designated Campus Bike Share
Vanderbilt currently does not have a designated bike share system. The university is actively looking for opportunities to bring dockless or docked bike share to campus.
Bike Parking, Facilities and Resources
View a map of the bike parking (covered and uncovered), bike repair stations and shower facilities on campus.
Bike lanes and greenways:
- Visit the Walk Bike Nashville website here for maps of The Groove (easy-riding routes across Nashville) and the Music City Bikeway (including specific bike lanes).
- In addition, Walk Bike Nashville provides a variety of bicycling resources which can be found here.
- For a map of greenways in the city, please visit the Greenways for Nashville website here.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident on or near campus involving a bicycle, please report the incident to Vanderbilt University Police Department. For non-emergencies, call 615-322-2745. For emergencies, call 615-421-1911 if you are on campus or 911 if you are off campus.
Bike Friendly University
Vanderbilt was designated a bronze Bike Friendly University in 2015 by the League of American Bicyclists. A bike friendly university creates a safe place to bicycle; encourages all ages and abilities to ride; develops a strong bicycle culture; ensures safe roads for all users; and plans for bicycling across and to campus. Vanderbilt continues to install bike racks and designate dockless bike and scooter parking locations, provides bicycle registration, and collaborates with Metro Nashville government to encourage bicycling and improve infrastructure for bicyclists.
MoveVU outlines a strategy to pursue platinum designation by 2030. Vanderbilt is preparing another application in 2020, and the Vanderbilt Case Competition Club will develop a framework in spring 2020 to reach platinum designation by 2030. Exciting changes to the bicycling network are occurring in Nashville, and Vanderbilt continues to work with our partners to ensure bicycling is a safe and attractive form of transportation for faculty, students, and staff.
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In an effort to de-densify campus for health and safety, the university is implementing a campus-wide electric scooter no-ride/dismount zone for the fall semester. We are working with scooter companies to ensure that scooters are not staged on campus and to implement a geofence that turns campus into a no-ride zone.
Bikes are a great transportation option to use in place of e-scooters. Bicyclists must follow the circulation patterns on campus, yield to pedestrians in order to maintain physical distance, walk their bikes in dismount zones noted on campus such as the 21st Ave pedestrian bridges, Rand wall and Medical Center Plaza, and park responsibly at bike racks. Visit the Bike section for more information.
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MoveVU Goal: Increase transit use from 4% to 10% by 2025.
Recent analysis shows that nearly 35% of all Vanderbilt commuters, for a total of nearly 4,000 people, live within a one seat (no transfer) transit ride to campus. This includes people who live within 1/4 of a mile from a local bus route that came within 1/8 of a mile to campus, as well as people who live within five miles of an existing park and ride lot whose express bus includes stops within 1/8 of a mile to campus.
EasyRide Transit Program
Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program with WeGo Public Transit has expanded. Exciting enhancements to the program include:
- Free rides on WeGo local buses, WeGo regional buses, and the WeGo Star train
- All full-time and part-time Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students (undergraduate, graduate, professional and postdoctoral) are covered by the program
- Trips can be taken any time, not just for commutes to and from campus
- Use of Commodore (Vanderbilt ID) Cards for all trips. Paper tickets no longer needed for WeGo regional buses and WeGo Star train.
Program enhancements provide more sustainable commute options, affordability, equity, access and convenience to the campus community.
WeGo Public Transit (formerly MTA)
WeGo Public Transit (formerly MTA) is Davidson County’s local bus system. Once inside the bus, instead of paying, swipe your Commodore (Vanderbilt ID) Card for your free trip as part of Vanderbilt's EasyRide program.
There are several bus routes that pass along Vanderbilt’s campus, including the #3 and #5 along West End Avenue; the #7 along 21st Avenue; and #25 which runs along Edgehill Avenue.
View WeGo local bus routes and schedules here.
WeGo Regional Transit (formerly RTA)
WeGo Regional Transit (formerly RTA) is the regional bus system that operates 10 routes to and from Nashville to the following cities: Clarksville, Dickson, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Joelton, La Vergne, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Springfield, Spring Hill, and Thompson’s Station.
There are several express routes that provide service to Vanderbilt from surrounding counties, including #87 Gallatin, #89 Springfield/Joelton, #91 Franklin, and #92 Hendersonville.
Once inside the bus, instead of paying, swipe your Commodore (Vanderbilt ID) Card for your free trip as part of Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program. You no longer need to purchase paper tickets from the Parking Office or Sarratt Box Office, and these trips are fully covered by Vanderbilt.
View WeGo regional bus routes and schedules here.
WeGo Star (formerly Music City Star)
The WeGo Star (formerly Music City Star) is Nashville’s commuter train system that runs from Lebanon to Nashville’s Riverfront. Vanderbilt community members can take the #93 WeGo local bus from the Riverfront Station to campus.
Once inside the train, show your Commodore (Vanderbilt ID) Card to the ticket officer for your free trip as part of Vanderbilt’s EasyRide program. You no longer need to purchase paper tickets from the Parking Office or Sarratt Box Office, and these trips are fully covered by Vanderbilt.
View WeGo Star train information here.
Real Time Bus Information
WeGo Public Transit provides real-time bus information to help plan your commute or next ride to a destination off campus. Real-time information helps in determining the best time to leave and wait for the bus. It also helps if you miss a bus or there are service interruptions. This is another tool to make commuting and traveling around the city easier.
In addition, you can download a mobile app to help with your next ride.
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MoveVU Goal: Increase carpooling from 6.5% to 8.5% by 2025.
Carpooling is a great way to share on gas costs, avoid wear and tear on personal vehicles, save money on parking and spend more time connecting with fellow Vanderbilt community members.
The MoveVU Commute Hub features a carpool matching tool. Join the carpool interest list if:
- You are interested in carpooling to campus
- You simply want to see if there are other Vanderbilt members in your area that share a similar work schedule and commute route as you who are also interested in carpooling
Campus zones will be used by Vanderbilt’s Transportation and Mobility office to improve carpool and vanpool matching functions in the MoveVU Commute Hub. The campus zone designations, which can be found on this map, help pinpoint commuters’ arriving location since some may have multiple building locations on Vanderbilt’s campus (ex. buildings for study, research, or work).
- Student campus zones are currently defaulted to Vanderbilt University. Students will soon be able to update their campus zone designation dynamically (i.e. daily) in YES; changes in YES will be updated in the MoveVU Commute Hub once a day. Students who do not choose a campus zone will have a default Vanderbilt University location assigned. Note: Students must first register in the MoveVU Commute Hub to utilize carpool and vanpool matching services. Campus zones can only be updated in YES and cannot be updated in the MoveVU Commute Hub.
- Campus zones for faculty, staff and postdocs are automatically assigned based on their work location in Oracle.
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MoveVU Goal: Increase vanpooling from 0.25% to 1.5% by 2025.
Vanpooling is a great way to share on gas costs, avoid wear and tear on personal vehicles, save money on parking and spend more time connecting with fellow Vanderbilt community members.
The MoveVU Commute Hub features a vanpool tool that allows you to:
- Register an existing vanpool
- Join a vanpool that matches your work schedule and commute route
- Join the vanpool interest list (if there is not currently a vanpool that fits with your work schedule and commute)
Ready to vanpool? There are a few next steps you can take:
- If you find 4 or more people through the vanpool interest list, you can reach out directly to a van provider to form your vanpool. Vanderbilt works with providers like VanStar and Commute with Enterprise.
- If you find 4 or more people through the vanpool interest and would like assistance navigating how to form your vanpool, contact us at email@example.com and we can help you through the process.
- If you only find 1, 2 or 3 potential Vanderbilt vanpoolers in your area, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and with your permission, we can connect you with a vanpool provider like VanStar or Commute with Enterprise to see if there are other people outside of Vanderbilt on their interest lists with whom you could form a vanpool.
The university currently provides free parking for VanStar vans; the vans can park in any non-reserved zone space and no special permit is required.
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MoveVU Goal: Increase telecommuting from 2.75% to 5% by 2025.
Telecommuting, or working from home, is a zero-emission commute option. While this may not be an option for everyone such as essential employees, employees are encouraged to talk to their manager about opportunities to telecommute.
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The Vanderbilt University Department of Public Safety administers the on campus, nighttime shuttle service VandyRide. VandyRide service returned for the spring semester on Jan. 19 with two shuttles, one on the Gold Route and one on the Black Route, and one or more shuttles designated for Point to Point service. Service runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. There may be longer wait times for riders due to capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 safety during this time.
- Gold Route – Express route from the Peabody campus to main campus
- Black Route – Circulates campus clockwise
To access VandyRide routes in real time, download the VandySafe app and go to the “Maps & VandyRide” section or visit the website. Once users are inside the app, they can select “route” in the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner and select all routes to see the routes on the map.
VandyRide Point to Point Service
Undergraduate students living within a half-mile from campus this semester can get a free ride home with VandyRide’s new Point to Point service.
Point to Point allows students who live off campus and are registered with the Dean of Students Office to get a shuttle ride from a campus VandyRide stop or designated ridehail pickup location to their residence within a half-mile of the university. The service, available from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days per week, is one-way and designed to deliver students safely to their off-campus residences. The program is being piloted this semester and is subject to change based on demand and available resources.
The free shuttles will not transport students to locations other than their registered off-campus residences, and they will not pick up students and bring them to campus. In addition, Point to Point shuttles will not transport students who live on campus—all passengers must be confirmed as living at an off-campus address prior to boarding a shuttle.
To use the Point to Point service, follow these steps:
- Students should contact VUPS Communications at 615-322-2745 to request a ride to an off-campus residence.
- VUPS will verify the student’s name, address and that it is within the Point to Point service area with the Dean of Students Office.
- Once confirmed, the student will be instructed to proceed to the nearest VandyRide stop or designated ridehail pickup location and wait for a shuttle. Students may track their assigned shuttle using the VandyRide app.
- Once the shuttle arrives, students must identify themselves by name and address before boarding the shuttle.
Please note that shuttles may transport more than one passenger to more than one location per trip. A maximum of seven passengers will be allowed on each shuttle. All passengers must wear face masks and practice physical distancing.
Students should expect an approximately 15-minute wait from when they request a shuttle to its arrival at a VandyRide stop or ridehail location. In addition, the university is exploring more options to augment its VandyRide program.
VandyRide Safety Protocols
The university has also implemented enhanced safety protocols including:
- Vehicles: Vehicles are inspected, and high touch areas cleaned and sanitized at the start of each shift and between every trip or as needed, in addition to biweekly cleaning/sanitizing with steam. Vehicles are equipped with signage on wearing masks and other health and safety protocols. All vehicles operate at 50% capacity.
- Drivers: All drivers are required to wear masks and have their temperatures screened daily. COVID-19 sanitization kits are carried by all drivers.
- Riders: All riders must wear masks and maintain physical distancing while boarding and riding on the shuttles.
In the event that VandyRide service does not meet your needs, we have additional resources available to ensure you are able to travel safely at night:
- Students can utilize safety features in the VandySafe app including contacting VUPD via phone call or real-time chat, triggering a mobile Bluelight that shares your location instantly with VUPD, or initiating a “Virtual Walkhome” where VUPD can monitor your walk to your car or home.
- In addition, students can take advantage of free bus rides on the WeGo Public Transit routes that run along West End (#3 and #5) and 21st Ave (#7) with their Commodore ID Cards.
- Students with medical or accessibility needs can contact the Student Access Office through the online portal or at (615) 343-9727 to learn more about the pre-approved mobility rides electric golf cart service in partnership with Parking Services.
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Vanderbilt’s Zipcar program will launch for the academic year on August 24 with a limited number of vehicles. Joining Zipcar is as simple as “join, reserve, and drive.”
- Become a member by signing up online using Vanderbilt’s link and once approved, Zipcar will send a Zipcard, which is a member’s key to the entire fleet of over 12,000 vehicles across the globe.
- Members can use Zipcar’s mobile app or go online to make a reservation.
- At the beginning of a reservation, simply tap the Zipcard on the windshield, and the doors unlock. The key is already in the car.
- As a round-trip car-sharing service, Zipcars should be brought back to its designated parking spot.
- The Zipcar mobile app for iPhone and Android makes finding and reserving Zipcars quick and easy. The app allows members to honk the horn to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors through a mobile device.
Membership costs $25/year for students, staff and faculty, and hourly rates start at just $8.50/hour and $74/day (price may vary by market). Zipcar takes care of gas, insurance, maintenance, and a dedicated parking spot. All reservations include gas, insurance, maintenance, 180 miles a day, and a dedicated parking spot. Members must be 18 years and older to join. International drivers’ licenses are accepted.
In response to COVID-19 health concerns, Zipcar has made many improvements to its procedures, including increasing vehicle cleanings to once every 5-7 days and using a new antimicrobial cleaning solution called OmniCloud. The OmniCloud solution keeps the vehicles sanitized for 90 days. In addition, Zipcar has conducted new training sessions with cleaning crews to implement more thorough cleaning procedures. Learn more about what Zipcar is doing to protects its members here.
Zipcar spaces are designated on the parking map by a green car share symbol.
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Ridehail services like Uber and Lyft can be used on campus. The university is piloting nine designated ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations around campus. View a map with the ridehail pick-up and drop-off locations and learn more about safe ridehailing guidelines here.
Vanderbilt has a preferred partnership with Lyft to offer a flexible transportation option for faculty, staff, and students using ridehail services while conducting official university business. Departments can now establish ride parameters for programmatic transportation needs through the Lyft dashboard. Learn more about the Lyft Ridehail Partnership here.
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Electric golf carts are available to provide rides for those with medical or accessibility needs. The service is a joint project among the Equal Opportunity and Access, Student Access, Vanderbilt University Public Safety and Transportation and Mobility offices.
Students with medical or accessibility needs must register for this service with and be approved through the Student Access Office. If you would like to access the pre-approved mobility rides, contact Student Access through the online portal or at (615) 343-9727.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff with medical or accessibility needs must register with and be approved through the Equal Opportunity and Access Office. If you would like to access the pre-approved mobility rides, contact Equal Opportunity and Access at (615) 343-9336.
Additional services for individuals with medical or accessibility needs:
- Request an escort from Vanderbilt University Public Safety (VUPS) by calling dispatch at the non-emergency number 615-322-2745.
- VandyRide, the nighttime on campus shuttle service, also has one ADA shuttle that can be diverted from the regular routes to an individual in need.
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