Wesleyan is continually striving to reduce transportation-generated carbon emissions and other pollutants. There are lots of transportation options, whether you're looking to catch a ride home, carpool to work, ride a bike, use a Zipcar, or take public transportation (bus from campus and train from Meriden).  The Middletown Area Transit 590 bus (formerly M-Link) gets you to or from Meriden train station in less than 20 minutes!

We've also developed a calculator to measure your transportation carbon footprint based on different modes of transportation.  The Sustainability Office is developing a carbon offsets program to offset 100% of emissions from employee and study abroad air travel by 2022.  More information will be made public as this project is developed.

We're working to combat idling with an anti-idling factsheet and a handout for you to share with visitors to discourage idling.

The initiatives below show what we've done and what we plan to do via our 2016-2021 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). See pages 48-50 in the SAP for more details.


What We're Working On

  • Planning
    1. Develop and pilot a communications strategy and programming to reduce single-occupancy vehicle commuting - ongoing
    2. Explore the feasibility of a work from home program - in progress (Human Resources)
  • University Travel
    1. Develop travel guidelines - complete 
    2. Prioritize ground travel for trips under 350 miles in the University Travel Policy - prioritized in Green Office Certification, not in travel policy; will be incorporated into forthcoming air travel offsets program when it launches in July 2021

What We've Done

  • Planning
    1. With permission of a supervisor, employees can establish condensed or alternate work-week schedules to reduce commuting.
    2. The Rental Housing Program, Advanced Purchase Program, and Mortgage Incentive Program encourage faculty and staff to live within walking or biking distance of campus.
    3. Students pay an annual vehicle registration fee of $100.
    4. A Comprehensive Parking Study was completed by Walker and Associates in 2011. The study's recommendations have all been implemented, resulting in substantially fewer parking complaints and more efficient snow removal.
    5. A half-dozen reservable conference rooms are equipped with cameras and microphones to facilitate videoconferencing. Wesleyan uses Zoom for videoconferencing; Zoom Pro licenses are available through ITS Service Now requests
    6. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
    7. An employee survey was conducted on current and potential use of carpooling, public transportation, and parking in order to identify target areas for emission reduction.
    8. A student travel survey was conducted on The Ride, public transportation, shuttles, and parking. The results can be found here.
  • Alternative Transportation
    1. Wesleyan has 4 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations on campus: 2 in the Freeman Athletic Center parking lot and 2 in Lawn Ave/High St lot.  These stations are open until 1 AM, can accommodate 4 cars (2 at a time), and are available for public use. 
    2. Since 2013, Wesleyan has had a partnership with CT Rides, a commuter incentive service sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.  All employees and students can join the program and earn rewards for all alternative transportation.
    3. In 2008, ITS launched a Rideboard to facilitate student and employee carpooling.  Wesleyan students are investigating alternatives that are more student-friendly.
    4. Student group WesBikes began a per-semester bike rental program in 2010; effective Fall 2019, bike rental is managed via Public Safety.  Working on a system of semester-long rental periods, it caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. WesBikes also offers students the opportunity to try out owning a bike on campus.  
    5. Two covered bicycle parking units were installed underneath the Hall-Atwater patio, and seven new bike racks were installed outdoors. Butterfield C now has indoor bike storage.
    6. A campus bicycle rack map shows locations of all known bike racks on campus.  To report an incorrect or missing rack location, please email Jen Kleindienst at
    7. Wesleyan runs a weekly shuttle bus service to New Haven Train Station, and expands this service to Bradley Airport, New York City, and Boston for breaks.
    8. The Ride free campus shuttle runs nightly from 7 PM to 4 AM during the academic year, with stops every 15 minutes across campus.  Individuals with disabilities can access The Ride during daytime hours as well.  The Ride additionally travels downtown and to area grocery stores several times a week.
    9. A WesRides Facebook group was established to promote student carpooling. An iPhone app for student break travel and the carpool matching app provided by CT Rides (a service of CT DOT) are being promoted.
    10. In 2009, Wesleyan established a partnership with Zipcar and has four rental cars on campus.
    11. Middletown Area Transit has established bus stops on campus (in front of Weshop, on the corner of William and High Streets, and in front of Fisk Hall) and at local shopping areas.
  • University Travel
    1. 18 of the 91 vehicles in Wesleyan’s fleet are electric or hybrid.  A policy requires that all vehicle purchases must be low emission vehicles (gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles, or alternative fuel vehicles), unless a viable alternative is not available.  Physical Plant trades staff vans have been replaced with Ford Transit vans, doubling or tripling fuel economy.
    2. In October 2017, Wesleyan established an anti-idling policy for campus vehicles and visitors.  Part of this policy's implementation is to dispel common myths around idling.
    3. An EMS upgrade included enabling room searches based on videoconferencing capabilities.
    4. A carbon footprint analysis for different modes of travel was created and publicized. See the Wesleyan travel carbon footprint calculator (Excel spreadsheet)


Bill Nelligan, SAGES Transportation Subcommittee Chair
(860) 685-2771