With thousands of visitors, 36,000 employees and nearly 15,000 students, Duke encourages staff, faculty and students who commute to campus to explore alternative transportation options. Duke offers many options to save on fuel and parking fees while helping Duke contribute to its mission of creating a more sustainable campus. The Unpark Yourself program encompasses all of Duke's alternative commuting options.
As part of Duke's continuing efforts to create a more sustainable campus by reducing traffic, Parking and Transportation Services offers a carpool program with an array of incentives, including free and convenient parking for groups of four or more people. The carpool program is open to all Duke staff, faculty, and students who have a vehicle and live off-campus. Find carpool partners at SharetheRideNC.
Local and regional bus transportation is provided off-campus by GoDurham and GoTriangle. Duke offers GoPass, a local and regional bus pass, to students and eligible Duke staff and faculty. Map your transit commute at GoTriangle.org.
The Bull City Connector is a fare-free, environmentally sensitive bus service that helps connect downtown Durham with the Duke University campus and medical facilities.
Staff, faculty and students who bike to Duke and do not regularly bring a vehicle to campus are not required to purchase a parking permit and may register as a bicycling commuter.
CarShare by Enterprise-Rent-A-Car is a membership-based car-sharing program on campus for people who are looking for an alternative method of transportation that lowers the cost and reduces the hassles of traditional transportation. It provides Duke students, faculty and staff with a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around - whether to run errands, travel to meetings or to take a road trip.
Duke Parking & Transportation Services works with GoTriangle to organize a vanpool program for employees. Not only do GoTriangle vans park for free at Duke, but GoTriangle provides the van, pays for gas and insurance, and arranges, oversees, and pays for all maintenance. Riders pay a low monthly fare based on monthly round-trip mileage. The primary driver does not pay.
Telecommuting is a work arrangement that enables a staff member to work at home from another off-site location for all or part of the regular workweek. Telecommuting may be appropriate for only some employees and jobs and is not an organizational-wide benefit that is available to all employees.
At Duke, parking permits are required for all licensed vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters with engines larger than 50 cubic centimeters, an external shifting device or the capability to exceed 30 miles per hour on a level surface.
Many students, staff and faculty who live near Duke opt to walk to campus instead driving cars or riding buses.
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Questions about any alternative transit options may be directed to Duke's transportation demand management staff by calling (919) 684-3640 or (919) 684-2391. To receive a customized information package with alternative commute resources, complete a TDM Contact Form. You can also stay up-to-date with Unpark Yourself and Duke's alternative transportation programs by subscribing to the Unpark Yourself newsletter.