We are committed to providing safe and reliable transportation and parking for the University community. This includes shuttle and van service, fleet management, parking, and our award winning CommuterChoice Program which offers a number of sustainable transportation options.


March 4, 2021 Parking Announcements

Click here for important updates related to extended annual parking permits renewals.

If you cancelled your annual parking permit this year, you will need to reapply before you return to campus. Click here for more details.

Online daily rates are reduced to $10 a day through the academic year. Point of sale transactions at the HBS and SFPG booths will be $10 a day. Click here to purchase online daily permits.

New multispacer meters have been installed in the Observatory and 2 Hague Street lots. No permit is necessary for this option however there is a strict 4-hour limit.

The new ZipBy parking app will be available this spring to Harvard commuters utilizing the 52 Oxford Street parking garage. It allows affiliates to book parking online. Printed permits are not required. Your cell phone Bluetooth technology will open the gates. The rate is $1.50 per hour. There are no time limits. More details will be available soon.

To switch from transit to an annual parking permit, please review this tutorial. Cambridge/Allston employees are strongly encouraged to sign up for an annual parking permit online.

Through the end of this academic year, most commuter parking permits will be offered at significantly  reduced rates. This temporary reduction from our typical rates will better align parking and public transportation costs, maintain our regulatory agreements with the City of Cambridge, and uphold Harvard’s commitment to sustainabilityPlease note that parking rates and policies are different in the Longwood area and information can be found on the Harvard Medical School parking website.

Harvard is taking a significant step towards eliminating the use of fossil fuel on campus. The University is purchasing four, battery-based electric buses, as part of an aggressive effort to advance solutions for climate change, improve public health, and support the University’s climate goals of becoming fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026. The 100% electric buses from Proterra, which are expected to be on the road in the fall of 2021, will replace four, bio-diesel powered buses representing more than 30% of Harvard’s bus fleet. Harvard will also invest in the electric charging infrastructure needed to support the vehicles. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the buses will also create less air and noise pollution, providing health benefits to the local community. Read more in the Harvard Gazette or read the press release here.

New App for Harvard Shuttle Tracking

How you track your bus is changing slightly starting on Janurary 15th, the Transloc Rider app has been replaced by the Transloc Microtransit app for tracking our shuttles.  The current Rider app will direct you automatically to the new Transloc app you will need to continue tracking our buses after Janurary 15th. or click here to access it in your app store.

Getting Around

The CommuterChoice Program is committed to providing the best commuting information and planning services for Harvard affiliates who work in the Cambridge Allston/Brighton campuses.

Learn about transit options including Harvard’s 50% subsidy on monthly MBTA passes for benefits eligible faculty, staff, and postdocs.

Enjoy the environmental and monetary benefits of shared transportation.

Biking can offer a fast and efficient method of commuting to work or school and traveling around Harvard's campuses.

Walking is an important part of every commute and provides a healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around.

Employees who commute green can be reimbursed for up to four trips per year via taxi/ride hail, transit or rental car in the event of a personal or family emergency. 

Please find more details about the process here.

Want to try alternative transportation but not sure how to begin? CommuterChoice is here to help.

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