How we get to and from our Johns Hopkins campuses may have big impacts on our local air shed, traffic congestion, and pocketbooks. Driving is convenient, but there are alternatives that might be equally as convenient and will reduce environmental impact. Johns Hopkins offers many resources for its affiliates to make greener choices in how they get to and from work and school, navigate our campuses, and experience the greater Baltimore community. Through the efforts of the Green Fleet Working Group, operating out of the Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC), we are actively assessing electrification and alternative fuel options for the university fleet, while examining programs to reduce purchase and use of single-occupancy vehicles.
The JHMI shuttle and Blue Jay shuttle connect Hopkins faculty, staff and students among the Baltimore campuses. The JHMI shuttle stops at Baltimore’s Penn Station to pick up commuters who arrive by train, bus, and light rail.
Johns Hopkins is part of a consortium of colleges and universities in the Baltimore region that run the Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle: a free shuttle for students, staff, and faculty to get around the city and between campuses. The shuttle connects the community of higher education in Baltimore and eases the need for single occupancy vehicles to get between campuses, ultimately reducing congestion, pollution, and demand for parking on campuses. There are stops at the Homewood campus in front of the Barnes & Noble at 33rd and St. Paul, and Penn Station. From Penn Station riders can transfer to the FREE Charm City Circulator, which travels throughout downtown Baltimore. No farecards, tickets, or special cards are needed to ride the shuttle. A college/university ID card must be presented when boarding.”
JHU campuses prioritize bike infrastructure such as convenient bike racks, covered parking, and signs. Several Bike Share stations are accessible from multiple Johns Hopkins campuses. There is also a strong network of commuter cyclists who organize group commuter rides and share news and information via a Hopkins Bike Commuters Google Group. Baltimore’s first outdoor bike repair station was the result of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s community members advocacy to increase infrastructure to improve bicycle commuting. JHU sponsors Bike to Work Day every year – see you there!
The East Baltimore campus has a metro station stop conveniently located in the lower level of the Johns Hopkins Hospital which is widely used by the JHU community thanks to a pre-tax JHU Commuting-to-Work deduction program, for mass transit passes.
Resources are available for JHU affiliates who commute by car to make more sustainable choices. The Carpool World carpool matching program assists Hopkins commuters with finding carpool partners and cuts down on single occupancy vehicle trips.
For students and employees with hybrid or electric personal vehicles, JHU offers several electric vehicle charging stations at the Homewood Campus (South Garage) and East Baltimore Campus (Ashland Orleans, and Caroline Garages). These are available free of charge to EV drivers who pay to park in the garage.
Additionally, a fleet of Zipcar vehicles – many of which are hybrid or fuel efficiency vehicles – parked around Hopkins’ Baltimore campuses that are available for faculty, staff, and students to conveniently borrow for errands or longer distance trips whenever needed.
One of the most sustainable things you can do is live near your work. Living near your work means that you spend less energy, time, and money commuting and that you ultimately invest more in the neighborhoods and businesses that surround and support your work, ultimately fostering a healthier, more connected, and vibrant community. The Johns Hopkins Live Near Your Work Program is a partnership with Baltimore City and the state of Maryland offering grants to assist eligible employees with down payment and/or closing costs, who choose to purchase homes in designated neighborhoods near the Homewood, East Baltimore, Peabody and Bayview campuses.