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Green Commuting Options

Student, faculty and staff commuting accounts for 30 percent of Salem State’s greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce our environmental footprint and decrease traffic and parking demands, Salem State offers a comprehensive suite of alternatives to driving alone. Taking advantage of our urban location, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to use more sustainable forms of commuting by offering subsidized public transportation, a campus shuttle, a free bike share, ride-share matching and Zipcar programs to encourage more sustainable forms of commuting.

Explore Your Options

The campus is well served by MBTA buses #455 or #459. Bus #455 starts at the Wonderland T-Stop in Revere while Bus #459 starts at South Station Boston with a stop at Logan Airport. Both buses terminate at the Salem commuter rail station in downtown Salem with stops at Central Square Lynn (commuter train and bus hub) and Salem State’s South, Central and North Campuses as well as the School of Social Work. Each bus travels in both directions.

MBTA mTicket APP

The MBTA’s Salem commuter rail stop on the Newburyport/Rockport line is located in downtown Salem, a 15-minute walk from North Campus. Take the campus shuttle or a Zagster bike the rest of the way to campus. Or head in the other direction to North Station, Boston for more travel connections. Salem State’s ClipperCard Office provides students with 16% subsidies for T passes.

New in 2018, the MBTA mTicket App allows you to buy commuter rail tickets on your phone.

Use the MBTA Trip Planner to map out your commute or download the Transit App to see real-time information about your route.




Students over age 18 can join Zipcar for $15 per year and use cars by the hour or by the day. Gas, insurance, up to 180 miles of driving per day, and roadside assistance are included in the Zipcar rates. Cars are available on Central Campus.

For the price of a Salem State parking permit, you can drive approximately 40 hours in a Zipcar and you won't have to pay for gas, insurance or maintenance. Drive with a few friends to split the cost and take even more trips!  

Learn more about Zipcar or access Salem State’s portal to join. Once you request a membership, it may take a few days to receive approval so please plan ahead.

Ride a Zagster bike for free! Download the Zagster app and sign up with your Salem State email address. Membership and the first two hours of every ride are free. There are Zagster bike hubs outside Ellison, along the bike path at Central Campus, and outside Bates. There are also 13 more hubs across the City of Salem. The Zagster bike share program launched across the City of Salem in 2017 and bikers have already enjoyed over 7,000 rides.

You can also bring your bike (and helmet) from home. We have 390 bike rack spots and there is covered bike storage in Viking Hall and the North Campus parking garage. Use Salem’s bike map to find a route or a place to park your bike.


Download the miles2share app to find riders or drivers who travel the same routes and are willing to share rides. Salem State has established an exclusive closed network just for the Salem State community to help students, faculty and staff carpool more often. Now it’s easier than ever to share rides to and from campus, to Cat Cove, to events in the area, or home for the weekend.

Join the Salem State miles2share community:

  1. Down the miles2share app and register with your Salem State email address
  2. Complete your profile, noting if you are a student or employee (this helps students who may want to choose rides with other students, for example)
  3. Set frequently used or one-time routes
  4. Connect with matched drivers or riders before sharing rides
  5. Payment is handled via the app; the rider pays $0.40 and the driver earns $0.34 per mile for rides less than 20 miles. Longer rides cost less.
  6. Enjoy your inexpensive, sustainable commute!

Help make this new program successful; download the app today.

New in July 2019! E-scooters are available to rent throughout the City of Salem and across Salem State’s campus. Download the app to get started. During July, look for hangtags that offer free rides.

You may ride on the bike path and on the road, obeying local traffic laws. Please do not ride on sidewalks. Find scooters on campus at the hubs at Gassett, Ellison, Central Campus bike path, Marsh, Atlantic, Bates and Harrington. While Spin scooters can reach 15 mph, note that the North Campus quad is a no-go zone. Your scooter will safely decelerate to zero mph. Parts of Central Campus are a slow-go zone where scooter speeds will be five mph.

Take care to park your scooter upright in a designated scooter drop zone. Additional rules and safety tips will be posted here soon.

Check out the Zipcar program and the other options above before you decide to bring a car to campus. If you need to bring a car, get directions to campus and view our campus map.

Learn more about parking on campus!


Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award

Every year, MassCommute and MassDOT honor organizations helping to improve the sustainability of transportation in Massachusetts. Salem State University received Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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