Transportation

Staggered Start and Leave Times

As part of a plan to reduce density and minimize use of public transit during rush hours, units across the University may set staggered start and departure times for employees and students returning to campus.

Public Transportation

You can take take the subway, bus, or train to campus. The MTA and NJTransit are doing enhanced cleaning of subways, buses, trains, and stations to make commuting on public transportation safer.

To protect yourself and others, always wear your face covering, keep 6 feet away from others where possible, avoid touching your face, and sneeze or cough into your elbow. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap immediately after travel. If you are unable to maintain physical distancing, keep your face covering on and try to turn your head away from anyone who is near you, so that you face whichever space will give you the most distance from people nearby.

In addition, follow University health guidance.

Car Services and Taxis

To protect yourself and anyone in the car with you, always wear your face covering and follow University health guidance. If you are the sole passenger, choose a seat furthest from the driver, which will enable you to maintain as much physical distance as possible in the vehicle. If the weather permits, consider keeping your window down to increase air circulation. 

Biking

Riding a bicycle has become a popular mode of transportation during this pandemic. It's good for the environment, great exercise and  a nice way to get to campus. For information about bike racks near campus, discounted bike locks, bike sharing and more, visit Columbia Transportation. You can even get discounts on bike accessories and repairs with your CUID at bike shops in the Morningside Heights, Manhattanville and Medical Center communities.

Before you ride, be sure to check these safety guidelines. Wearing a bike helmet can save your life.

Evening Shuttle Service

Columbia’s intercampus shuttle is operating with health and safety precautions in place, including required face coverings and capacity limits to enable reduced density. Columbia Transportation and Public Safety have partnered with Via to transition Evening Shuttle service on Morningside to an on-demand app-based system. The new service replaces the Public Safety Evening Shuttle buses. Riders are now able to request a ride using their smartphone, within defined operating hours and location boundaries, as a safe, convenient, and free transportation option at night.

Please review our operational changes and new safety measures.

Parking

Faculty and staff who have parking permits will continue to have access to parking lots at CUIMC and Morningside. Both campuses are exploring additional options to assist employees.