Transportation Services encourages commuting to the University through alternative transportation such as public transit, carpools, bicycling or walking. Despite the growth in enrollment in recent years, Transportation Services has managed to increase the percentage of York community members commuting to both campuses by means other than single occupancy vehicles. Currently, more than 75% of York university students, faculty and staff use alternative means of transportation to campus*. By comparison, the average for the Greater Toronto Area is 36%**.
To transport thousands of York community members to campus each day, nearly 2,000 buses visit the Keele campus on a daily basis. In order to alleviate this pressure and enhance the commuting experience, the Toronto Transit Commission is currently extending the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line onto the York campus. This extension is scheduled for completion in 2015 and will see 2 subway stations on the Keele campus. For more information, please visit subway.news.yorku.ca
Transportation Services offers free shuttle services between Glendon and Keele campuses, between Keele campus and the GO Station, and from Keele Campus to the Village at York University. Please visit yorku.ca/trnsprt/shuttle.htm for schedules and additional information.
Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area that assists commuters in exploring alternative transportation options such as carpooling, cycling and public transit. York University is a member of Smart Commute North Toronto - Vaughan, which allows York community members to sign up and access resources such as carpool matching service to assist them in greening their commute. For more information please visit: http://www.smartcommutentv.ca/en/my-workplace-school/york-university.
York University features extensive cycling infrastructure on campus such as bike lanes, bike racks and posts, secure storage areas and shower facilities. More information can be found at yorku.ca/trnsprt/cycling.htm or on the Green Maps page.
Regenesis operates the Cycle York Community Bike Centre in the Quad on The Pond Road. The Centre provides free cycling education, low-cost bike rentals, and DIY bike repair and expert mechanic services. For more information https://regenesis.eco/cycling-initiatives
A car sharing program is available on the Keele campus for York community members. Currently the Zip Car program has 12 vehicles in 2 locations. More information can be found at yorku.ca/trnsprt/zipcar
Security Services now has 20 trained officers on bikes (PACT), decreasing the need for vehicles. Campus Services also operates 12 electric golf carts. For additional information on Transportation Services at York, please visit yorku.ca/transportation.
*Source: 2012 Smart Commute Survey
**Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census