Yale in Motion
A focus on health and physical activity encourages the Yale community to be more active on campus, reduce vehicle usage, improve air quality, and reduce congestion on the roads.
- Over one-third of Yale employees live in the City of New Haven, and increasingly choose to walk, bike, or ride the Yale Shuttle to work.
- Yale has partnered with the city and other local employers to encourage use of the expanding infrastructure and programs for walking, biking and using transit.
- The Yale Community Carbon Fund allows those who commute to or travel for Yale to support local efficiency projects and offset their emissions.
- Bike/Walk Yale, a subgroup of the Traffic Safety Committee, manages initiatives to enhance bike and pedestrian infrastructure on campus. They also encourage active transportation through incentive programs and communications and ensure that University planning processes are holistic in their approach to transportation systems. Participating departments include the Office of Sustainability, Facilities Operations, University Planning, Public Safety, and the University Wellness Leadership Group.
What You Can Do
- Avoiding single occupancy vehicle use can save you time and money while improving air quality and reducing emissions. Learn more about the resources Yale provides.
- Concerned about your safety? Download the Bulldog Mobile app for resources to keep you safe while walking and biking in New Haven.
Our Objectives and Goals
Alternative Transportation Systems
Enhance and support systems for alternative and active transportation
The COVID-19 pandemic created major disruptions to our way of life and habits related to travel. Remote work and learning have taken on a new significance, and many people’s use of transit and forms of active transportation have changed. As a result, the transportation industry, major employers including Yale University, and other organizations have had an opportunity to step back and reflect on what was “business as usual,” and to consider shifts that are better for the environment, our physical and mental health and well-being, and our communities.
Sustainable Transportation Framework
By 2019, complete a Sustainable Transportation Framework and related analyses for enhancing sustainable transportation infrastructure on and across Yale campuses.
This goal was achieved in 2019. Going forward, we will deploy strategies to encourage active, safe, and healthy modes for movement around campus and in New Haven.
By 2025, enhance Yale’s strategy for safe, convenient, and resilient circulation around campus.
Efforts are underway to broaden Yale’s strategy for efficiently moving people around campus. To-date, activities have included extending Yale Shuttle routes and service hours; building infrastructure to provide “to-door” service; supporting initiatives that may help establish a city-wide bikeshare program; and advocating for traffic safety measures through policy promotion, infrastructure improvements, and communications.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
By 2025, provide approximately 2% of all Yale controlled parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations.
In 2020, Yale had 11 single-hose electric vehicle charging stations available for fleet vehicles and drivers parking on campus. In 2021, those were replaced with dual-hose units and additional chargers were added, providing charging for 40 vehicles. As of the 2021 fiscal year, six of Yale’s fleet vehicles are electric.
Sustainable Transportation Choices
Advance transportation choices that improve human health and environmental vitality
By 2025, increase the proportion of Yale community members commuting to campus using sustainable transportation modes by 10% above 2015 levels.
Our 2021 Transportation Survey was issued in November 2021, and results are forthcoming. Our 2019 Transportation Survey Report demonstrated an increase in single occupancy vehicle usage and a decrease in transit ridership. However, the onset of the pandemic in 2020 drastically affected commuting patterns, with nearly 57% of Yale’s employees working remotely.