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Save money and time: Explore alternative commuter options

Save money and time: Explore alternative commuter options

Artwork by: Lorena Lopez
By Life@TheU

Artwork by: Lorena Lopez

Save money and time: Explore alternative commuter options

By Life@TheU
The University’s department of parking and transportation invites faculty and staff to learn about the many ways to save money and time while supporting sustainable methods of getting to and from campus.

Have you ever considered a different method of transportation to get to work? New this year, University of Miami faculty and staff have additional incentives when exchanging a traditional parking pass for an alternative commuter option.  From carpooling to biking, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite options offered by the department of parking and transportation.

Permit exchange program

Thinking about exchanging your current University parking permit to explore one of the many other ways to commute to campus? If so, you may be eligible for Well ’Canes incentives, including Wellness points, and discounts on alternate modes of transportation. Check your eligibility and learn more about how you can participate with some of the options below. 

Metrorail, Tri-Rail, and Metrobus

If Miami-Dade public transit is an accessible option, UM’s transit program offers incentives and discounts for students, faculty, and staff. With stops near all three campuses, you can enjoy the ride and catch-up on your favorite book or podcast.

Carpool (with incentives)

Looking for company or conversation during your commute? Download the RideFlag app and find students, faculty, and staff near you who are looking to carpool to campus. There are lots of incentives for participating, including a one-day color zone upgrade and emergency ride home vouchers.

Biking to campus

What’s better than a cool breeze and warm sunshine as you safely bike past bumper-to-bumper traffic on US1? Biking to campus is not only sustainable but it’s also a great way to sneak in a workout before you spend the day in the office or studying. Through UM’s mobility program, cyclists can take advantage of incentives such as access to the wellness center locker rooms and showers, free repair stations on campus, and bike locks when registering with the UM police department. Read about one UM staff member who decided to take the scenic (cycling) route on her commute to the Coral Gables campus.

Learn more about UM's mobility program, explore other commuting alternatives offered through the office of parking and transportation, and get in touch with us at lifeattheu@miami.edu to share how you beat the Miami traffic blues.