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.


Fall 2020 Transit service begins on Monday the 24th. Information can be found here: https://www.transportation.harvard.edu/fall-2020-service

Temporary No Charge Daily Parking Permits Ends August 16, 2020

As more members of the Harvard community return to campus, Harvard Transportation Services is transitioning from no-charge parking to the next phase of its plan to support those who commute to and from the University. Beginning Sunday August 16, 2020 and through the end of this calendar 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.


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.


For those who utilize public transportation, the University still offers a 50% subsidy for MBTA passes as well as a number of other transit benefits. The MBTA’s Ride Safer program includes hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the system, requires all passengers to wear face coverings, and even provides real-time crowding information on busier routes.  MBTA vehicles and stations are also thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.


The new ZipBy parking app will be available to Harvard commuters utilizing the Allston Webster lot. 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 1 hour. There are no time restrictions. A Cambridge location is coming this fall. More details will be available in early August.


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


Employees who extended their annual parking permits should continue displaying their current hang tag through February 28, 2021. Your facility access will also be extended through that date. The FY21 annual permit renewal website will open mid-September. New permits will be delivered in January 2021. Payroll deductions for extended permit holders ended in June and will restart in March 2021. Click here for more information.


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

On demand van service

Effective Thursday June 11th we will be resuming our On Demand Van Service. It will run Monday – Friday from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Rides can be requested using the Harvard Evening Van App. Information can be found here. All other transit service remains suspended.

We strongly encourage all customers to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to wear facial coverings while on the van.  

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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