Alternative Transportation

One way to reduce both the university’s carbon footprint and our personal carbon footprints is through alternative transportation.  The conventional system is aligned with the personal vehicle, often resulting in single-occupancy vehicles.  This exacerbates traffic congestion and increases pollution.  Should one choose, there are several alternative options around campus that reduce congestion, pollution, save you money, and improve your health.  


Faculty/staff carpooling permits and parking facility assignments are made during the all-university assignment process. One person, serving as the primary driver, will have the permit costs payroll deducted. It is the responsibility of the carpool group to determine reimbursement of all parking fees to the primary driver. Faculty/staff carpooling participants must have matching employment statuses (e.g., full-time, 12-month, Monday to Friday hours). Students may also carpool under the same terms. One person (purchaser of permit) shall serve as primary driver. It is important to note that only one vehicle per carpooling unit may be parked on campus at any one time (except weekends and holidays).

If you would like to find out more, please email Parking Services or call us at (414) 288-6911


The Local Intercampus Mobile Operations (LIMO) program runs through the Department of Public Safety.  The LIMO fleet consists of 12 E350 vans, with each holding up to 13 passengers.  The LIMO program offers students, faculty and staff a safe and quick ride across campus. LIMOs operate from
5 pm – 3 am, 365 days a year.  LIMOs have a large patrol boundary and can bring you anywhere on or near campus.  You will need a valid Marquette identification card to ride a LIMO. 

U-Pass & Commuter Value Pass: Milwaukee County Transit System

The U-Pass and Commuter Value Pass are subsidized public transportation passes allowing you to ride the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS).  All undergraduate students are given a U-Pass, which entitles the bearer to free public transportation.  The MCTS website can help you plan a trip, lists their various routes, provide service alerts (weather, detours, delays), and provides other resources for using MCTS. 

The Commuter Value Pass offers unlimited MCTS bus rides, including Freeway Flyers and special event shuttles to the Bradley Center, Miller Park and other locations.  The program costs $210 per quarter and can be payroll deducted before taxes.  You can learn more about the program via Union Station in the AMU.

Zipcar: Car-sharing service

Zipcar is a car-sharing program that lets you live a convenient lifestyle without the burden of owning a car.  Rather than owning your own vehicle, you can borrow a Zipcar by the hour or by the day.  Gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving are included in the hourly rates.  As for environmental benefits, each Zipcar is said to be the equivalent of taking 15 single-occupancy vehicles off the road.  Marquette currently has three Zipcars located in Lot A behind McCormick Hall, across the street from WOW Café (The Annex). 

Bikes, bike racks & storage

Biking is another alternative to driving a car.  Biking also has tremendous health benefits, both physical and mental.  Biking around a busy city can be daunting at first, and rightly so.  The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation both offer great resources to help keep you safe, learn the rules, and can help ease you into a biking lifestyle should you choose.  Not sure how to get somewhere by bike? Google Maps offers the option of giving you directions by bike. 

Marquette’s Parking Services office offers bike registration and covered bike parking opportunities on campus.  Parking Services also sells bike locks.  Should you choose to commute by bicycle, there are showers available in the basement of Zilber Hall.  You can also use the Rec Center and Rec Plex facilities if you are member. 

As the number of bicycles on campus seems to be growing, Facilities Services has been installing additional bike racks outside of campus buildings.  They are hard to miss, but can fill up quickly. Please let us know if there are spots on campus that could use additional bike racks.      

Walking, hiking and running

Due to Marquette’s relatively small size, you can walk anywhere on or around campus.  In addition, downtown, Lake Michigan, the Bradley Center, restaurants, Grand Avenue Mall and all sorts of other attractions are only a short walk away.  Marquette has a Walk Score of 86, making it “Very Walkable.”  Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-free lifestyle.  A Walk Score is generated for a neighborhood based on its distance from such amenities as grocery stores, banks, schools, outdoor places, restaurants, car and bike shares, and many more amenities.  

If at any time you feel unsafe walking, please do not hesitate to use any of the Department of Public Safety’s resources such as the Student Safety Patrols and LIMOs. 

If you’re interested in hiking, there are several hiking trails near Milwaukee.  The only downside is you’ll probably need a bike, car or Zipcar to get there.   

Running is another great form of exercise, and there are plenty of places to run around Milwaukee.  One of the more popular trails close to Marquette is the Hank Aaron State Trail, offering approximately 12 miles of trail running throughout the city. 

Badger Bus & Amtrak

If you don’t have a car on campus and are looking to get away from Milwaukee to visit friends and family, or just looking to get away, the Badger Bus and Amtrak offer great opportunities at affordable prices.  These are easy choices for getting to Madison and Chicago



Contact the Office of Sustainability

Is this site missing any information you would like to see? Is it missing your program or another program on campus that should be featured? Do you have suggestions for making Marquette a more sustainable university? If so, please contact us:

Phone: 414-288-1463