Alternative Transportation promotes and encourages bicycling, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, car sharing, and transit use for local, regional, and out of state travel.
The university’s comprehensive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs include the Hokie Bike Hub, a Vanpool option, and the Commuter Alternative Program (parking permit programs for those relying on alternative modes of transportation). Close coordination with partners provide a robust array of travel options and resources, targeted at reducing single occupancy vehicle reliance on campus.
The university works with Zimride and RIDE Solutions for ride matching. Zipcar for car sharing and several transit partners provide service locally (Blacksburg Transit, Radford Transit and the VTCRI Shuttle), regionally (Smartway), and long distance (College Transit, Home Ride of Virginia and Megabus). Alternative Transportation reports on the use of each alternative transportation in the biennial Commuter Survey and encourages safe use through the Heads Up Hokies campaign.
The university has earned recognition from Best Workplaces for Commuters as “Best Of the Best” in the university category, in 2014 and Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University status from the League of American Bicyclists, through its efforts in these programs.
To meet employee and student commuting needs, Alternative Transportation offers the Commuter Alternatives Program (CAP).
Two parking permit programs are available through the Commuter Alternatives Program:
Carpooling saves money on parking and gas, and it's the closest option to reserved parking on campus. This program is available to Blacksburg Campus only. Learn more about the carpool programs for students and faculty/staff.
Bike, Bus, and Walk (BB&W)
Bike, Bus, and Walk is available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students who use alternative transportation methods as their primary means of commuting to campus. Examples include riding the Blacksburg Transit or Smart Way buses, bicycling, and walking. Learn more about the program.
The Commuter Alternatives Program Registration Form is available online; however, all participants must register in person with the Office of Parking and Transportation at 605 Research Center Drive.
Alternative Transportation (0714)
1330 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Active Commute Celebration
The Active Commute Celebration is held on the third Wednesday of September, as part of Sustainability week. The event highlights the benefits of alternative transportation and rewards those who use it regularly.