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.
Ride the T
Salem State’s Clipper Card Office provides students with 16 percent subsidies for T passes and gives out free Charlie Cards that provide discounts on bus and subway fares, while supplies last. You can save $.30 on all local bus rides and $.50 on the subway with a plastic Charlie Card instead of a paper Charlie ticket.
The MBTA also has a Youth Pass program for those aged 18-25 who live in participating communities and who meet low income eligibility requirements. This pass discounts fares roughly 50 percent.
Bus, Subway, Commuter Rail
MBTA bus #455 travels to and from the Wonderland T-stop in Revere and the Salem commuter rail station in downtown Salem, stopping at Salem State’s North, Central and South campuses as well as the School of Social Work along the way.
The MBTA’s Salem commuter rail stop on the Newburyport/Rockport line is located in downtown Salem, a 15-minute walk from North Campus. The stop at North Station in Boston connects to the MBTA’s extensive subway system.
Salem Skipper is a new ridesharing service for the entire city, including the Salem State community. Arrange a ride on your iPhone or Android device using the Salem Skipper app, or by calling 844.983.1842. Enter desired pickup/drop-off addresses to book a ride and then receive vehicle information and an estimated pickup time and location. Algorithms will enable multiple riders to seamlessly share the same vehicle, directing passengers to a nearby stop within a short walking distance for pick up and drop off, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips.
Signing up for the app gives new riders 10 free trips until February 16. After that, rides are $2 for the general public and $1 for senior citizens, youth, and people with disabilities. The service is available 7 am-7 pm, Monday through Friday and 10 am-6 pm on Saturdays.
All vehicles have plexiglass partitions, are capped at three passengers to ensure distancing, and are frequently sanitized by the drivers. Masks or face coverings are required. For more information, visit salemskipper.com.
Ride a Bike
Bring your bike (and helmet) from home and take advantage of the bike paths on Central Campus and in Salem and Marblehead. The City of Salem has also been adding new, protected bike lanes throughout the city including those on Fort Avenue that connect to Salem State’s marine research station at Cat Cove.