Green Mountain College’s transportation goal is simple: make sustainable transportation the preferred method of travel.
Take “The Bus” for $2! Rutland area’s bus service is a cheap and sustainable way to get around Rutland County. Take it to Castleton Family Health Clinic or downtown Rutland where you can transfer to Middlebury, Manchester, Killington and more! Check out www.thebus.com for the schedule and fares. It stops in front of the Presidents house on Main Street and Stewarts five times a day.
Take the GMC Shuttle for Free! GMC’s shuttle service supplements The Bus for trips around the area including a daily ride to the Castleton Family Health Clinic, and provides special service to regional airports and train stations at the start and conclusion of academic breaks. Some of the special trips (airports, Albany, etc) cost between $20-$30 and seats are limited. Please plan your trips accordingly and pay for special trips at Student Financial Services! Check out the Student Life MyGMC page for the current schedule or stop by Res Life.
Take a bike for free from our Green Bikes Program! If you need to borrow a bike, borrow one from GMC’s green bike program located in the Bike Shop in the basement of Moses- there are road bikes and mountain bikes. If you own your own bike and need maintenance, the bike shop can fix your bike for free (donations are encouraged) and if they have to order a part, they can order it for a discount. All GMC employees who bike to work regularly are eligible for a monthly reimbursement on expenses (details here!). Contact Human Resources for more information. Lockers and shower facilities are available to bicycle commuters in the Waldron Athletic Center.
Carpool with someone using our online ride board! Go Vermont is our free online ride board. It allows you to request rides or post available rides. You can split the cost of gas with others if you’d like, using Paypal to make a secure transaction or just cash if you prefer. You can find rides whether you live in New York and commute daily or if you need to find a ride home to Philadelphia. Sign up here http://www.zimride.com/govermont. If your ride doesn’t show up or if you have to go somewhere for an emergency, no problem, just call a taxi or find another mode of transportation and Go Vermont can reimburse you up to $70 for the trip, seven times a year (if you normally carpool twice a week)! Check out the map here showing current rides available around the state! The decision to use the Go Vermont/Zimride tool was made by a focus group of students, staff, and faculty who met over the spring, 2013 semester to discuss the carpooling needs of the campus. To aid in the effort, the sustainability office surveyed over 50% of the campus community to find out what kind of system would serve use the best.
If have to drive alone
- Consider buying an electric car, which you can charge for free at our public charging station between Dunton and Richardson.
- Check that your air filter to your engine is clean, allowing your engine to breath and keeping dirt out. This will help you get better gas mileage and it’s easier than you think to change!
- Check that you tires are properly inflated. This can save you 3% in gas! Fill your tires to the psi listed on the inside of your driver or passenger door or the inside of your trunk door. Don’t fill them to the maximum psi printed on the side of your tire. To properly check tire pressure, do it when your tires are cold (i.e. they’ve been sitting rather than driving around).
- Take extra stuff out of your car. For every 50 pounds of extra weight in your car, you could be losing 1% in fuel efficiency.
- Stay under 55 MPH and you’ll save even more gas.
- Take-off gently and brake gently when possible and when safe.
- Tell the sustainability office what we can do to make a greener commute easier for you!
Questions? Contact the Sustainability Office at firstname.lastname@example.org