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There are manytransportation optionsfor navigating to each SRJC campus. From a sustainability perspective, driving alone in a conventional gas or diesel vehicle emits the greatest amount of carbon dioxide. Sustainable SRJC encourages students, staff, and faculty to adopt an alternative commute at least once a week in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation to and from our campuses.

At the time of our 2017 transportation survey, we found that 64% of students and 80% of employees regularly drive alone to SRJC. There is certainly room for improvement. Students may ride free on local buses by simply showing drivers a valid Student ID card when boarding the vehicle. In addition, SRJC offers a limited number of discounted semester SMART passes available to purchase in the Santa Rosa accounting office and Petaluma student life office. Walking, biking, and other non-motorized mobility options are healthy ways to keep active and get to school.

Employees interested in commuting via transit or incorporating transit into their current routine should consider enrollment in theCommuter Benefits Programoffered through the payroll office. This program allows employees to allocate monthly pre-tax dollars from their paycheck toward transit fares.

At SRJC, we strive to makeaccesseasy and equitable for all. TheDisability Resources Department(DRD) facilitates equal access (for qualified students) to community college education through services, academic accommodations, and educational assistance courses in accordance with state and federal law. Students with verified disabilities are encouraged to request services through this department.

Sonoma County has a variety of transit options to get residents where they need to go without a personal vehicle.28% of SRJC students get to campus by alternative modes. They know that a bus, train, carpool, bike, scooter or walking trip saves money and reduces the stress of commuting and parking. Students and staff can use511.orgto find the best way to get to campus.

Click the icons below to get more information about how to get around using different modes.

Walking to school is by far the most affordable commute option. It provides some exercise, helps reduce commuter congestion, and contributes no greenhouse gas emissions.

Walk Scoreis a website and an app for Android and Apple devices that helps users find apartments and rentals and see the Walk Score of any address. Walk Score calculates the walkability of any location and shows you a map of nearby restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, schools, and more.

Current planning and project timelines expect on-campus student housing available in 2022.

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Commute by Bike

Many paths and areas in Sonoma County arebike-friendly. You should plan to wear a helmet when cycling, and always lock your bike when you arrive at your destination. No permit is required to park your bike on campus. Bicycles must be parked by racks or in BikeLink lockers. Any bicycle parked in a hazardous manner or chained to a ramp, pole, tree, etc. may be impounded by District Police. Bicycles are NOT allowed anywhere inside buildings (by order of the Fire Department). Bicycles can be taken on buses and the SMART train but must be walked on pedestrian pathways for the safety of the rider and pedestrians. Cycling is allowed only on roadways and in parking lots.

Bike Theft Prevention Tips:

  • Know your bike's serial number.
  • Register your bikewith the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.
  • Register your bikewith the Bike Index.
  • Use a U-Lock with a key. Cable locks can be easily cut; expect to spend over $35 for a good lock.
  • Learn how to properly lock your bike.Watch a video.
  • Take photos of your bike in case it goes missing.
  • Keep the receipt of purchase for your bike.
  • Tweet the serial number of a used bike you're purchasing to @isitstolen to find out if it has been reported as stolen.

Map of Bike Parking

Map your route to campus usingGoogle MapsorStrava - from your desktop browser or as a smartphone app.

Air Quality Index: ClickHEREfor today's air quality.

Bicycle Repair Station: Santa Rosa & Petaluma Campuses

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Want to bike to campus, but you're afraid of a bikebreakdown? No worries! SRJC has you covered at both our Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. Our bicycle repair stations feature common repair tools and a tire pump. Tire patches are available for purchase in theSRJC Bookstore.

Visit the Bike SRJC webpage for more information.

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Bus Transit

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Any Line, Any Time... SRJC students ride FREE on local buslines!

Santa Rosa Junior College has partnered with Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Petaluma Transit to waive students' bus fares.

How can you ride free?

Step 1: Get a SRJC Student I.D. Card. First Time purchase: The cost of a virtual ID will continue to be $5. You may purchase an ID through yourCubby portal. Already Paid? If you have already purchased an ID in the past, you will not be required to pay again to get a virtual ID. This includes students who purchased an ID for fall 2020 but have not yet received an ID.

Step 2: To set up your Virtual ID online, go to cubcard.santarosa.eduusing your SRJC (myCubby) log in and password..

Step 3: Plan your route usingGoogle Maps,,TransitApp, orCityBus Trip Planner.

Step 4: Hop on the bus andshow the driver your SRJC ID and you're good to go!

OTHER INFO: You can CALL Santa Rosa CityBus at707-543-3333 for bus stop or route information, or TEXT "SR80" + your stop ID number to 321-123. (For example, text SR80241 to get real-time bus info for stop ID 241.)

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Rail Transit

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In our continuing efforts to provide sustainable transportation alternatives for our students, SRJC has partnered with SMART on a special Pilot 31-day student pass. Ordinarily, this type of 31- day pass - which covers all SMART fares - would cost $135., already a discount. Student transportation fees help subsidize this price further, reducing it to only $70.

To purchase passes, contact SRJC Student Life at (707) 527-4424 for more information.

• The 31-day student pass cannot be sold, transferred, or duplicated, and may not be used by anyone other than the student to whom it is issued, including family and friends. If someone other than you is found using your 31-day student pass, that person risks a fine.
• Students must tag their 31-day student pass on the Clipper reader at the SMART platform each time they embark and disembark the train.
• SMART may replace damaged, lost, or stolen 31-day student pass at its discretion and only if upon purchase the 31-day student pass has been registered at by scrolling down to New to Clipper.

Sonoma County Transit’sRoute 44is alink to and from the Petaluma SMART Depot - free for SRJC students with acurrentCubCard, as are other SMARTConnectors and Shuttlesavailable throughSonomaCounty Transit. Get off at the Santa Rosa North or Downtown station and walk or bike to campus (between one and two miles)!

Plan your triphere.

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Electric Vehicle Charging

If you are a Sonoma County Junior College (SCJCD) student, faculty, or staff, and would like to charge your plug-infor up to fourhours fromany of the electric vehicle charging stations at Santa Rosa Campus, Petaluma Campus, Public Safety Training Center, or Shone Farm, please complete the following steps.

Step 1: Register for a ChargePoint Account

Click on thislinkto register for a ChargePoint account.

Step 2: Download Mobile App or Order ChargePoint Card

  1. Click on thislinkto download the ChargePoint mobile app.

  2. Click on thislinkand follow the included steps to order a ChargePoint card. To activate your ChargePoint card, click here.

Step 3: Learn How to Use ChargePoint

The Sonoma County Junior College District charges $1.50 per hour of charging for the first fourhours, then $2.50 per hour after that. These fees help cover the increasingelectrical costs the District shoulders, plusongoing maintenance of charging stations.

Charging Locations

  • Santa Rosa Campus: Zumwalt Parking Structure(threecharging ports), Emeritus Lot (fourcharging ports)
  • Petaluma Campus: Lot 5 (fourcharging ports)
  • Public Safety Training Center: Off Freedom Way (fourcharging ports)
  • Shone Farm: twocharging ports

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Carpool to School

Student Carpool Parking Permit

Tired of circling endlessly to find a parking spot and get to class on time? Make parking a breeze with a carpool permit!

  • A limited number of Spring 2020 carpool permits are available now for $30 each at Bailey Hall's accounting office.
  • Permits provide access to 30 reserved parking spaces in Santa Rosa - 10 each in Bech, Emeritus, and Zumwalt lots.
  • Carpoolspaces are conveniently located close to classrooms.
  • There must be at least two students in your car when you enter a carpool space.
  • There must be at least two carpool permits affixed to the windshield of your car, visible from outside, when you park in a carpool space.

Save money, save time, save the planet - one ride at a time.

Find an SRJCrider or driver at511.orgor pick a neighbor or friend from class to share a ride!

Waze Carpoolmatches drivers and riders who commutefrom the same location to the same destination at the same time. Drivers can post their route onWaze;Waze Carpoolis a separate app that allows riders to locate drivers. Since this ride-matching app is somewhat new in Sonoma County, we need your help to establish a pool of both drivers and riders in order to make the most of it. As a driver, you will make the standard IRS mileage rate of $0.58per mile, which can help cover your fuel and maintenance costs. Rides must be scheduled the day before to ensure they arematched and confirmed.

Three Steps to Carpool:

  1. See who’s on your route: With Waze Carpool, you choosewho you carpool with based on detailed profiles, star ratings, and commonalities — shared interests, same workplace, and more — as well as price and distance ofroute.
  2. Offer/request a ride: Found someone? Simply offer a ride (drivers) or request a ride (riders), and wait for a reply. You'll benotified as soon as the ride is confirmed.
  3. Enjoy your commute! Drivers are guided by Waze on the fastest route, while riders can follow their progress on the map in real-time. When the ride is over, payment is transferred from rider to driver automatically. Use code 511WAZE for a free ride!

Scoopis another carpool service that brings together co-workers, students, and neighbors with matching commutes.Enter your trip information by 3:30 pmfor your afternoon commute, or 9 pmthe night before your morning commute. Scoop automatically provides you with your match and trip itinerary. Register with promo code SCOOPME05 for a free first trip.

As more people download and register for theseapps, more opportunities to match with people sharing similar routes emerge.

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Drive Alone

Driving alone, according to the 2016 US Census, ranks as Americans' second-highest expense after housing. Maintaining a private vehicle can be costly, and driving alone worsenstraffic, parking shortages, and smog.For many, driving alone seems to be the only viable commuting option. Nonetheless, we hope you consider walking,biking, carpooling, or taking public transportation at least once a week to reduce your carbon footprint.

Tip:If you must drive to the Santa Rosa campus, we recommend you try theparking lot behind My Friend Joe Coffeenear Elliott Ave. and Mendocino Ave., which can be accessed from Mendocino Ave. or Silva Ave. This lot is available to students with valid SRJC parking permits, and often has open spaces; instead of wasting time and gascircling or idling in the Bech orEmeritus lots, park here and walk three minutes to campus.


TheSanta Rosa campus parking map,which includes EV charging stations, bike racks and lockers, and student and staff parking, is availablehere.

More parking information is available throughCampus Police.

Open Student Parking on the Santa Rosa Campus

  • Emeritus Lot
  • Bech Lot
  • Bech Annex
  • Bear Cub Way
  • Scholars Way
  • Student Parking in Lot C
  • Mendocino P
  • Parking Lotbehind Campus Market & Deli at 1880 Mendocino Ave.

Student Carpool Parking

  • 30 designated spaces at the Santa Rosa campus
    • 10 spaces in the center of the Bech lot, conveniently located close to classrooms
    • 10 spaces in the center of the Emeritus/Race lot, conveniently located close to classrooms
    • 10 ground-floor spaces near the northernentrance of Zumwalt Parking Garage
  • 10designated spaces at the Petaluma campus in Lot 4 near Building 600

Additional FREE Student Parking

Students receive free parking at the City of Santa Rosa 7thStreet parking garageand connecting transit on Santa Rosa CityBus.

  1. Park at the garage:521 7th Street, Santa Rosa.
  2. At the Cherry Street bus stop, take Santa Rosa CityBus (Route 1, 20, 48, or 60) to campus (abus comes every 15 minutes;travel time is 10 minutes).
  3. While on campus, get a pass to leave the garage from either Student Affairs in Bertolini or Accounting in Bailey Hall.

For more information on bus schedules and maps, go to

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Air Travel

In addition to the carbon emissions associated with commutingon the ground, air travel is a significant contributor to our greenhouse gas output. Sustainable SRJC is working to collect baseline data from staff and students' district-sponsored air travelin order to set emission-reduction goals.

Despite modest declines in American gasoline consumptionin 2018 compared toprevious years, the air travel industry is surging at a time when our window to limit catastrophic global warming is closing in. An unfortunate consequence of a growing economy is that emitting activities increase accordingly - such as manufacturing, travel, and power use.

Emissions from flying are difficult to measure, as a number of factors must be considered - including distance traveled and the age of the aircraft. Planes require a huge amount of energy just to get in the air, meaning that shorter flights can actually have a higher carbon intensity than longer ones. In addition to carbon, airplanes emit other heat-trapping particles(namely, nitrogen oxideand sulfates) at cruising altitude. Due to a lack of federal regulation onCO2 emissions in the Americanair travel industry, our airlines aren't as sustainable as those of countries withemissionrestrictionsin place. Efficient aircraft and high occupancy ratesimproveairline rankings from Atmosfair, a German nonprofit dedicated to climate-friendly air travel; Alaska Airlines is the only US-owned company among theirtop 30 airlines worldwide.

With air quality listed as the leading environmental threat to public health in 2018's Environmental Performance Index, it’s time to reconsider how we fly.Individually, we can weigh alternative options whentraveling, and make choices with our carbon footprint in mind. Train travel emits up to 10 times less greenhouse gas than flying, and high-speed trains can be three times more energy-efficient than regional trains. Even cars are better than airplanes when it comes to carbon. Sonext time you plan a trip, think about where you can go via train or car before booking that flight.

Other things to consider when traveling are your lodging accommodations and activities. Choose a destination that values sustainability, research eco-friendly hotels, and support local economies. Bring your own reusable cutlery, water bottle, mug, and food container to help limit the waste you produce and save money in the process. Keep your showers short, and turn the lights off when you leave a room - just like you would at home. We can strive to leaveplaces better than we find them.

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Types of Sustainable Vehicles

Hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric vehicles use electricity to improve vehicle efficiency. Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center to learn more about the different types of vehicles.

What are the sustainable transportation options? ›

Eco-Friedly Ways Of Transportation For Long Distance:
  • Bus. Unlike bicycles, buses still burn fossil fuels. ...
  • Train. Trains are another eco-friendly option to travel around and an ideal option if you travel between distant cities or countries. ...
  • Electric Vehicles. ...
  • Hitchhiking Or Shared Transportation.

What are 3 sustainable transportation methods? ›

Types of Sustainable Vehicles

Hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and all-electric vehicles use electricity to improve vehicle efficiency. Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center to learn more about the different types of vehicles.

Which option is the most sustainable form of transportation? ›

Bicycle is the best eco-friendly option for transportation. It is cost-effect and more practical compared to others. They release no dangerous emissions.

What are 5 sustainable transportation modes? ›

Those are our five elements of sustainable transport: fuel economy, occupancy, electrification, pedal power and urbanization.

What is the greenest way of transportation? ›

Public transportation is one of the most earth-friendly ways to get somewhere fast. With buses nearly matching the speed of cars and some trains exceeding it, the environmental cost of carrying many people all at once is greatly reduced without a major time loss.

What are the 4 main methods of transport? ›

Air, Road, Sea and Rail. These are the four major modes of transport (or types) in the logistics industry.

Which form of transportation is the least eco friendly? ›

Airplane. As you can guess, the airplane is one of the least sustainable travel methods. Planes require an abundance of fuel, they give off an unbelievable amount of emissions, and they don't exactly qualify as “energy efficient.” But, they do move many people at a time (like taking the train, bus, or carpooling).

What is an example of sustainable transport include? ›

Green public transport vehicles including electric trains, trams and electric buses combine the advantages of green vehicles with those of sustainable transport choices. Other transport choices with very low environmental impact are cycling and other human-powered vehicles, and animal powered transport.

What is the more efficient way of transportation? ›

A standard lightweight, moderate-speed bicycle is one of the most energy-efficient forms of transport. Compared with walking, a 64 kg (140 lb) cyclist riding at 16 km/h (10 mph) requires about half the food energy per unit distance: 27 kcal/km, 3.1 kW⋅h (11 MJ) per 100 km, or 43 kcal/mi.

What are some examples of sustainable public transportation? ›

Sustainable Public Transit
  • electric transit, such as all-electric buses; as well as other mass transit vehicles.
  • electric-biofuel hybrid vehicles, electric-diesel hybrids, as well as a wide range of other hybrid vehicles.
  • electric light rail (streetcars, trolleys, and trams)


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