Living Sustainably

Transportation

If you live off-campus, you make choices about transportation on a daily basis, often multiple times a day. Weather, safety, location, time constraints, cost, and convenience play a huge role in determining how you choose to get around town and campus. Sustainability can he a helpful framework for evaluating these choices. This page is designed to help you understand the various transportation options in Bloomington, weigh your choices, and travel well whatever mode you choose. 

What do you want to do?

Compare my options

Learn more about: 

  • Walking: Safety | Best Routes On & Off Campus | WalkScore of Your Housing
  • Biking: Purchasing New and Used Bikes | Bike Safety and Security | All-Weather Biking Tips | Work Commuting | Grocery Shopping by Bike
  • Bus: Campus Bus | Bloomington Transit 
  • Car and Ride Sharing: ZipCar | ZimRide
  • Beyond Bloomington: To Rural Southern Indiana | To Indianapolis Airport | To Indianapolis | To Chicago and Metro Area | Trains and Buses from Indianapolis

Compare My Options

Think about these estimates when choosing your method of transportation around Bloomington.

Transportation MethodUpfront CostMaintenance CostTimeHealth Benefits
Walk

$0  

$0

Rough Estimate: 10-30 min.

(Can require the most time, but pedestrians also have the ability to avoid wait time of traffic)

Strengthens the heart and bones, improves cognitive function, reduces risks of diabetes, breast and colon cancer
Bike 

Bike: $0-$200+

Helmet: $20

Permit: $10/yr
(Somewhat costly, depending on how you choose to get your bike)

$10-50/yr

Rough Estimate: 5-20 min. 

(Faster than walking, can be faster or slower than riding the bus depending on distance)

Improves cardiovascular fitness, tones and builds muscles, increases metabolism 
Bus$122.72/yr
(Free! for Students with Transportation Fee)
$0

Rough Estimate: 10-30 min.

(May have to factor in wait time along with ride time)

Reduces personal vehicle traffic for cleaner air, which is important for your respiratory health
Zipcar (Carsharing)$25/yr$0

Rough Estimate:10-20 min.

(Will reduce wait time)

Reduces personal vehicle traffic for cleaner air, which is important for your respiratory health