Flexible Commuting to Campus

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CommuterChoice Office

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center Room 750
1350 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Saturday, Sunday and University Holidays: Closed


Flexible Commuting to Campus

New Transportation Options for the Harvard Community

Harvard recently announced that it is targeting Monday, August 2, as the date when faculty and staff will be authorized to return to campus. While some may be returning full time, others may continue in hybrid work models or some combination of the two. With this in mind, Transportation Services is providing more flexible programs and services to meet the shifting needs of the Harvard community.

Parking Permits

  • Annual and One-Day Permits - The current, temporary commuter parking rates will remain in effect until August 31, 2021. Information on FY22 parking permits, including rate information and permit renewals, can be found at parking.harvard.edu.
  • Switch from transit to parking permit - Employees who wish to switch from their transit benefit to an annual parking permit on campus can follow these simple steps.
  • Parking rates and policies are different in the Longwood Medical Area and information can be found on the Harvard Medical School Parking website.

New Flexible Parking Options

  • 3-Day annual permit - If you choose a 3-Day annual permit in FY22, you’ll now have the flexibility to park any three days of the week you choose. Find available parking facilites that offer 3-day permits here. If your current parking location does not offer 3-Day permits, we will suggest the closest available location. Learn more at parking.harvard.edu
  • New Zip-By app - Starting this summer, download the new Zip-By app to purchase hourly parking for the 52 Oxford Street garage, Soldiers Field Park garage and Webster Street surface lot. More information, including how to download the app and how to order a debit card with pre-tax savings, can be found at transportation.harvard.edu/zipby.
  • Parking meter spots - Four solar powered multi-spacer meters have been installed in the Observatory and 2 Hague Street Lots. Harvard affiliates may park in these spaces for up to four hours with pre-tax savings and a parking permit is not required. There are additional Harvard parking meters at the i-lab and Athletic Complex (Bright Parking Area, Gordon Drive and Webster lot) and can be found at map.harvard.edu.

New Flexible Transit Options

  • New pre-tax debit card to alternate between parking and transit - Transportation Services has introduced a new pre-tax debit card for staff who wish to alternate between parking or transit. This allows staff to purchase daily transit (not subsidized) and daily parking in Cambridge/Allston on a pre-tax basis and more easily switch modes of transportation. For more information, including how to sign up for the debit card and a list of eligible transit expenses click here.
  • New 7-day bus and subway pass - Now available with pre-tax savings, these passes are valid for 12 months and can be used any time. Place an order at transportation.harvard.edu/edenred.
  • PERQ Card Update - If you cancelled or opted out of your bus/subway pass, you will receive a new PERQ CharlieCard in the mail when you resume your order. If you kept your order active and recurring since April 2020, you will use the same PERQ CharlieCard, even if you did not use it. Find more information here.
  • Monthly Pass Break-Even Calculator - Does a monthly MBTA pass make sense for your hybrid commute? Calculate your breakeven point here.

New Options for Biking and Walking

  • The Quincy-Bow-Dewolfe corridor - This establishes a new north-south bike route connecting Harvard Square to Allston via the Weeks Footbridge. These one-way streets now have a protected bike lane to allow for northbound access for bicyclists. Other improvements include wider sidewalks, raised crosswalks and a two-way cycle track. 
  • New Bluebikes station - Harvard University has added a Bluebikes station at the Allston Athletics Complex and expanded the station at the i-lab. 
  • Bike & Pedestrian Map - Find bicycle facilities and infrastructure on campus using this new and interactive Harvard Map at map.harvard.edu.

More Resources

  • If you are thinking about switching commute modes, but need help selecting the best option, complete this commute assistance form and CommuterChoice will create a personalized plan for you!
  • Visit the university’s coronavirus website for Frequently Asked Questions around commuting and transportation on campus at harvard.edu/coronavirus.