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!
The campus parking map (pdf) includes RTA stops, bike racks, and Zipcar locations.
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.
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.
The RTA HealthLine connects Public Square to East Cleveland and passes through Cleveland State along Euclid Avenue.
Laketran offers Park-n-Ride service connecting Lake County and Downtown Cleveland. With a valid CSU ID, students can ride Laketran Park-n-Ride Routes 10-13 for just $1.50 each way.
Operating Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Laketran has 18 daily departures from 9 different locations in Lake County. Park-n-Ride buses are equipped with on-board bike racks to help you get to your final destination or you can transfer free to Greater Cleveland RTA.
Laketran offers a free trial on Park-n-Ride to give it a try. For route suggestions or more information, contact Kerry Jonke at 440-350-1008.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
CSU has three Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Student Center Garage (Lot 22).
The stations are located along the east side of the garage and include J1772 plugs. There is a four hour time limit and users are asked to move their vehicles when charging is complete to allow others the opportunity to use the stations. Payment for visitor parking or a valid CSU parking permit (of any color) is required to use the charging stations. There is no additional cost for charging.
Visit the Parking Services EV Charging webpage for more information about the charging stations.
SPECIAL OFFER: CSU affiliates are eligible for up to $3,500 in rebates on a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle! See the Nissan Leaf rebate offer for more information.
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.
Fixit Bike Repair Station
The Fixit includes an air pump and all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments.
For repair help use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Fixit to view detailed instructions on your smart phone.
Philips and flat head screwdrivers
2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Allen wrenches
8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 32mm box wrenches
Tire levers (2)
The Pro Shop inside the Rec Center carries a small selection of bike repair items including patch kits, inner tubes and chain lube.
UHBikes 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
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.
- Cuyahoga County map (38 MB)
- Geauga County map (2.1 MB)
- Lake County map (9.15 MB)
- Lorain County map (2.29 MB)
- Medina County map (4.21 MB)
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.
CSU bike safety and repair clinic - Spring 2018
When: Wednesday, February 7th, 5-7pm | Wednesday, March 7th, 4-6pm | Wednesday, April 4th, 4-6pm | Wednesday, May 2nd, 4-6pm
Where: CSU Rec Center
Price: FREE! Students/Members | $5 Non-Members
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.
The City of Cleveland is running a pilot program that allows multiple dockless bike and scooter companies to operate with a permit.
For information on the program including each of the four vendors, visit the Scooter FAQ page.
Please familiarize yourself with the CSU Scooter Rules and Regulations. Rules include, but are not limited to:
- Motorized scooters are not permitted to be operated on sidewalks.
- Scooters must be parked at bike racks on campus.
- Scooters must never block pedestrian walkways or building entrances.
CSU owns and operates four fully electric maintenance and service vehicles.
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
- Guest Speakers
- State and regional collaborations