Transportation Overview

Not So Idle About Idling

At Brandeis, we are committed to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Idling, or allowing a vehicle to run its engine while parked or not in use, imposes significant environmental and health consequences to our community. We can do our part this season by trying to minimize our idling in compliance with the university's No Idling Policy

Did You Know?

  • Idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel than stopping and restarting the car would
  • 10 minutes of idling emits one pound of carbon dioxide pollution
  • Two minutes of idling uses the same amount of fuel as driving 1 mile
  • Every day, Americans waste 3.8 million gallons of fuel due to idling

The non-profit organization Sustainable America has launched a "Turn It Off" campaign to raise awareness about the negative consequences of idling and to encourage drivers to turn off their cars instead. This campaign complements many of America's state anti-idling laws, as well as the local Idle-Free Boston campaign endorsed by Mayor Menino. For more information about idling and tips for how to reduce idling in winter months, check out our own transportation options, explore Sustainable America's resources, even take the pledge to Turn it Off!

Transportation Options

Vehicle emissions contribute to urban smog, air toxins, and global warming which are serious health and environmental problems. Brandeis University and Waltham have many public transit options that are working to reduce single occupant vehicles traveling to, from, and around campus.

  • A public transit brochure (PDF), written by students, is available around campus and online.
  • The university has adopted a “No Idling Policy” for campus vehicles.
  • Zipcar, a car sharing service, is available on campus.
  • DeisBikes A bike sharing service, created and run by undergraduate students.

Campus Shuttles and Buses

Brandeis operates shuttles and busses around campus and to Waltham and Boston for the Brandeis Community. For more information, visit Campus Shuttles.

Public Transportation to Brandeis: MBTA


Brandeis is directly accessible from the Brandeis-Roberts Commuter Rail station and various bus lines. The Riverside T station in Newton is a 5 minute drive from Brandeis, and is the last stop of the Green D Line.

Staff can purchase monthly MBTA passes through a pre-tax program. Graduate Students can receive discounts on monthly passes. Learn how to use the MBTA and how get to places of interest via the MBTA and campus shuttles.


There are bike racks and shelters around campus to make cycling convenient. DeisBikes offers semester-long bike rentals for students. Affordable long term/monthly bike rental is available at from MyBikeOnline. Learn more about biking.


Brandeis has partnered with NuRide, a state program of MassRides, to make commuting options easier. The system matches commuters and provides incentives for carpooling and other alternate transportation.


Improvements to campus sidewalks and the main "pedestrian" spine will help make Brandies a more pedestrian-friendly campus. Take a look at the campus map to plan your route. You can also explore campus hiking trails with a student created map to Sachar Woods. 

Zipcar: Car-Sharing Service

Brandeis offers a car-sharing service through Zipcar. The cars are located at the Stoneman Public Safety/Campus Police Building Parking Lot. University faculty, staff, and students aged 18+  interested in using the cars can apply for and purchase a membership at Zipcars should help encourage students and staff to use public transpiration options by still having affordable access to a car when necessary. Zipcar estimates that each Zipcar replaces over 15 privately-owned vehicles. Learn more from Zipcar about the green benefits of car-sharing.

Please direct any customer service questions to 1-866-4ZIPCAR or review their Web site at