Washington DC drivers spend on average 74 hours a year stuck in traffic which earned the area the title of the most traffic-congested region in the country, according to the 2011 Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M University. That time sitting in traffic amounts to 37 extra gallons of fuel per year, and nearly $1,500 in lost wages, on average. In the United States, the transportation sector makes up about a third of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, which is about the same at George Mason University. So how you choose to get to Mason makes a difference. Choosing environmentally friendly modes of transportation such as walking, biking, carpooling, or taking mass transit, can help save you time and money; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion; and improve our health and air quality.
There are numerous ways of getting to Mason's campuses without a car from biking to taking mass transit. Mason is dedicated to making the campus a more pedestrian and bike friendly campus. Mason was recently designated as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists. There are resources to work a flexible schedule, find other riders going the same way, if you want to borrow a car for an hour to do errands, or preferred parking for those who carpool. There are numerous options to save money and reduce the environmental impact of your commute. Did you know that you can take the CUE bus for free with your Mason ID? Some programs will even give employees money or freebies such as the Commonwealth Commuter Choice program. Check out Mason's transportation website or the resources on the right to find out more.
In the Fall of 2011, Mason was the first Virginia university to launch an automated bikeshare system! Patriot Bikeshare has 20 bikes distributed across 6 stations on campus. The bikes unlock with the users cellphone via text, call, or mobile app. Any Mason affiliate can be come a member of the program for only $6 a month or $3 a day! Patriot Bikeshare was funded by the Patriot Green Fund.