Sustainability

Transportation

Transportation

There are a number of options to reduce the impact of your commute to campus. Whenever you can, choose to walk, bike, ride transit, or carpool to campus and to off-site meetings/events. Explore all the options below!

Public Transit  |  Car-sharing  |  Carpooling  |  Cycling

Campus Electric Vehicles  |  Video Conference Facilities

The campus parking map (pdf) includes RTA stops, bike racks, and Zipcar locations.

 

Public Transit

U-Pass 

U-Pass allows all main campus students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during each academic semester. CSU offers the U-Pass to all students who take a minimum of one credit hour. This pass allows students to rely on public transportation at a minimal cost while reducing the emissions of commuting to and from campus.

 

Commuter Advantage for Faculty and Staff

This program allows eligible faculty and staff to purchase RTA monthly bus passes via payroll deduction. The payroll deduction option means that the expense for the pass will be paid with pre-tax dollars and can provide employees with a tax benefit of up to $200 per year. You also have the convenience the automatic payment for the pass.

Click here for more information about the RTA Commuter Advantage program or sign up for Commuter Advantage. 

 

RTA Cleveland State Line

The Cleveland State line consists of 16 buses that connect communities along the West Shore to the main campus. The line is split into 4 lines, the 55, 55A, 55B, and 55C. Using public transportation greatly reduces the vehicle miles traveled by an individual which reduces emissions and saves costs relating to fuel and parking.

For routes and trip planning assistance, visit RTA Cleveland State Line.

 

RTA Park and Ride

Park and ride options allow commuters who do not have a bus stop near their home to park at a designated location and ride the bus to campus. There are three Park-N-Ride routes available through RTA. The Westlake Park-N-Ride 246, the Strongsville Park-N-Ride 251, and the North Olmsted Park-N-Ride 263. The Euclid Park-N-Ride is no longer in service, however, the Lakeshore Flyer 39F makes limited stops to the Park-N-Ride stop in Euclid.  

Westlake Park-N-Ride

Strongsville Park-N-Ride

North Olmsted Park-N-Ride

39F with Service to Euclid Park-N-Ride

Park-N-Ride Lots in Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain & Medina Counties

 

RTA HealthLine

The RTA HealthLine connects Public Square to East Cleveland and passes through Cleveland State along Euclid Avenue.

 

Free Downtown Trolleys

Several free trolley routes provide downtown employees, residents and visitors a quick way to get to the most popular destinations in the city. Each line runs with a ten minute service interval and all RTA trolley routes are "free with a smile!"

E-Line serves the Warehouse District on W 9th and W 6th streets, Public Square and Tower City, the Entertainment District on E 4th Street, the theaters in Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, and other commercial spots on Lower Euclid Avenue. Click here for route map and schedule.

B-Line circles Superior and Lakeside Avenues between W 6th Street in the Warehouse District and E 12th Street. It serves the State Office Building, Public Square and Tower City, Cleveland Public Library, the Convention Center, Cleveland City Hall, the Federal Office Building, Cuyahoga County offices and many other commercial locations. Click here for route map and schedule.

C-Line connects from the Horseshoe Casino and Public Square to area hotels like the Residence Inn Cleveland, Wyndham Hotel, Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Cleveland, Hyatt Regency, Holiday Inn Express, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn and the Downtown Marriott. It also serves the Warehouse District and theaters in Playhouse Square. Click here for route map and schedule.

NineTwelve Trolley serves the NineTwelve District between East 9th and East 12th streets. Hours are 5:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Services the Quicken Loans Arena parking garage and the Lakefront Municipal Parking Lot. Click here for route map and schedule.

 

Car Sharing

Zipcar Vehicle Rentals

With Zipcar on campus, it’s easy to live without a car.

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Cleveland State has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus at a discounted rate for students.

Car sharing programs allow students to use a car only when needed and they provide a great option for shopping trips and errands.

To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to its reserved spot and lock up.

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!

Need more information?

Find out more about Zipcar

Is car sharing for me?  

Zipcar at Cleveland State University

The Zipcar program currently includes five vehicles on campus. In 2016, CSU’s Zipcar program helped divert 416,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

 

Carpooling

GOHIO Commute 

A program of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), this interactive platform provides the information you need to make smart transportation choices that can help you to save money, improve your health, and enhance air quality. The tool allows you to see all transportation options from point A to point B including public transit, walking, biking, carpooling and vanpooling, and it includes travel time, costs and emissions generated per mode. 
 
Gohio Commute allows members of the CSU community to narrow their carpooling search to include only CSU faculty/staff or only CSU students.
 
To join the CSU network, visit https://gohiocommute.com/s/csu and register with your CSU email address.
 
Check out this series of helpful how-to videos from RideAmigos, our platform provider. 

 

RTA Vanpooling

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has launched a vanpooling service that allows riders to drive vans operated by vRide to commute to work. Designated drivers operate and store the vans. RTA subsidizes 30 cents of every mile traveled, and riders cover the remaining cost of the ride. 

 

Cycling 

Biking to and from campus is a great way to reduce emissions and get some exercise!

Short term bicycle parking is provided at buildings across campus.

 

UHBikes

UHBikesUHBikes have arrived at CSU and are located across from Fenn Tower on E 24th Street. Users can rent one of the red bikes and return it to any UHBikes rack across Cleveland.

Students can get a membership for $8/month with no monthly minimum that gives you 60 minutes of ride time per day. Sign up with your CSU email address at uhbikes.com.

 

Cleveland Bicycle Advocacy Organizations

Bike Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that advocates for policy, infrastructure, and legislation to make bike transportation safer and incentivized. Their website offers resources to locate affordable bicycle services and shops, trails, laws, and FAQs about biking in high traffic areas.  

The Bike Rack is located in downtown Cleveland and offers secure bicycle parking, lockers, showers, towel service, route information, repairs and rentals.

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op provides a wide range of services including used bike sales, bike checks, educational programs for safe cycling practices, and bike rentals. 

The Gohio Commute website and app include functionality for finding bike routes and bike pools to various destinations including to and from campus.

 

Resources for Cyclists

Bike Maps

NOACA has developed bike maps for all five (5) counties in our region in collaboration with county and local governments, Metroparks systems, and non-profit organizations.  The maps are a great resource for identifying the best bike route based on skill level and route type and they are color coded to help you find your way through our growing network of bike lanes. The maps are available both online, through NOACA’s GIS portal, and in paper form.

Some other resources to help you get around by bicycle include:

Bike Cleveland’s Getting Around By Bike

Google Maps “Bike There” – a tool from Google for how to get from point A to point B by bike.

Map My Ride – Over 1,000 routes submitted by users throughout Greater Cleveland. 

 

Bike Education

There are a number of great resources available for learning how to keep your bike functioning properly and how to ride safely in traffic.

Bike Smarts Educational Series – informational classes on a wide range of cycling topics.

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op – OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public shop use, advice, and assistance.

Village Bicycle Co-op – VBC is a non-profit that teaches bike repair and safe riding classes. They also offer refurbished bikes for sale.

League of American Bicyclists – The LAB offers informal and formal bike education programs for those interested in teaching others how to ride safely. They've produced a series of short, instructional how-to-bike videos covering topics, from starting and stoping, to riding in bike lanes, to basic bicycle laws. See the whole series on the League of American Bicyclists’ website.

 

campus electric vehicles

CSU owns and operates three fully electric maintenance and service vehicles.

CSU Electric Vehicle  OUA Electric Vehicle

 

Video conference Facilities

Why travel if you don't have to? CSU’s Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning currently hosts ten video conference equipped spaces on campus. They support established IVDL (Interactive Video Distance Learning) program classes between CSU and partner schools from across the region and internationally. These spaces are also available for video conferences for a number of other purposes including:

  • Search Committees
  • Remote Content Experts
  • Authors
  • Guest Speakers
  • Conferences
  • State and regional collaborations