Transportation

UMKC’s green transportation initiatives include integrating student, faculty and staff all-access bus passes, increasing the number of bike racks and amenities, and developing a multi-modal parking structure to support cycling, bus commuting, pedestrians, ride-share and alternative fuel vehicles.

The university participates in a group of 17 partners that received a $15 million U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative grant from the Recovery Act. The grant will support the installation of a variety of refueling stations and aid in the deployment of more than 300 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles

The ZIP Car is here!

Zipcar is available to all UMKC students 18+, faculty and staff. Zipcar is wheels when you want them, literally. With Zipcars parked on campus, all you have to do is decide where you want to go and when. Zipcar’s cutting edge technology allows you to reserve cars 24/7, online or on your mobile device. Low hourly and daily rates include gas, insurance, and 180 miles per day. Why deal with having a car on campus?  Find out more at zipcar.com/umkc or find us on facebook.

Electric Truck

Through a grant from the Clean Cities Initiative, UMKC purchased a Smith Electric Vehicles Newton electric truck for pick up and delivery of campus recycling.

Wrapped with a design that promotes sustainability on campus using the UMKC Sustainability logo, the Newton truck is powered by the latest Lithium-Ion batteries and a 120kw electric motor, has a top speed of 50mph (80km) and a range in excess of 100 miles (160km) on a full charge. It can be recharged in six hours.

Newton was launched in the UK by Smith Electric Vehicles in 2006. It is produced in North America by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation, based in Kansas City, Mo.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Electric carts have been purchased to replace two cars used on campus. When possible, UMKC will buy its own E-85 vehicles and provide the appropriate fuel for these flexible-fuel cars.

Clean Commute Program

UMKC now has 64 bicycles for the bike commute program. The bikes are loaned out and can be chained to one of the 359 bike racks now installed on campus.

Initially supported through a two-year grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation, UMKC has assumed responsibility with assistance from Bridging the Gap. Click here for the bike and commuter map. Also check out our Google bike map to find repair locations and bike racks.

  • Obtained funding through Missouri Department of Transportation and US Federal Highway Grants
  • Added 26 loaner bikes in 2008 and another 38 bicycles in 2012 to encourage reduced car trips on campus to total 64 bicycles
  • Bicycle Lockers and Sheltered Parking also Available on both Campuses
  • The Hub Opened 2008 with on-site bike mechanic that is University Funded
  • Developed Google bike map of both Campuses and added 359 conveniently located bike racks
  • Transitioned to Swinney Recreation Center as a UMKC in-house program in 2010
  • Designated Bicycle Friendly University Honorable Mention in 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is the SRC Bike Program/Clean Commute?

UMKC continues to challenge students, staff and faculty to use alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles. Swinney Recreation Center manages the ‘Clean Commute’ bicycle program where over 50 bikes are available each school semester (summer, fall, spring). Swinney Recreation Center also has 2 bikes that are available for daily check out to students and SRC members. 2. Who can borrow a Clean Commute bike?

All UMKC students, and benefit eligible staff and faculty may apply for the loan of a bicycle on a first come, first serve basis.

How do I borrow a bicycle?

Once you have read through the all the FAQ section, it is best to stop by the Hub during open hours during the first two weeks of each semester.  You may also call 816-235-2796 or email umkccleancommute@gmail.com.

What kind of bicycles are available?

Fuji, Jamis and Redline hybrid-style bikes complete with lock, helmet and front and rear lights are available for loan.

Where do I pick up my bike (semester loans only)?

The Hub is UMKC’s bike station located at 5030 Cherry Street (located in the basement, room B38- use NW entrance).

Beginning Monday, August 25, 2014 the HUB will be open Mondays 9a-1p & Thursdays 1-5p

**Please note The Hub may be closed on University recognized national holidays and when academic classes are not in session. We follow the UMKC 2013 academic calendar, Hub will be open starting Aug. 20th and the last scheduled day for The Hub during the fall semester will be December 13, 2013.

How long can I keep the bike?

Bicycle loans are for one semester. Late fees are assessed for any bikes turned in past the deadline.

Can I take my bike off campus?

You may use your bike on or off campus as you choose (you are responsible for you bike wherever you go).  Volker and Hospital Hill maps are available for you.

What if I get a flat?

The Hub provides a mechanic to maintain all UMKC Clean Commute loaner bikes. Should your bike need repair, you may bring it in for a low cost service. Some minor repairs may be done at no cost.

Who else can use The Hub?

Any UMKC students, staff or faculty may visit the Hub to get a personal bike repaired, volunteer or learn more about alternative transportation options around Kansas City.

http://www.umkc.edu/src/bicycle-checkout.asp

Bicycle Waiver Form

http://www.umkc.edu/src/documents/Clean%20Commute%20Waiver%20and%20Membership.pdf

Workshops for fall 2014

Bike Repair 101

Do you know how to look after your chain? Fix a flat? Tweak your gears? You’ll get much more mileage out of your bike if you learn to look after it…plus you’ll never be caught out in an emergency. This class is geared towards beginners.

Date: 9/18/14

Time: 3-4pm

Location: UMKC-Swinney Recreation Center, classroom 233

UMKC-SRC Clean Commute –The Hub, Open House

Join us for an open house on Thursday, September 4h from 3-5pm. Stop by and learn more firsthand about our program, services, and cycling around campus!

Swinney Recreation Center manages the ‘Clean Commute’ bicycle program where over 50 bikes are available each school semester (including summer).

Current hours of operation through December 11th are:

Mondays 9-1pm & Thursdays 1-5pm.

Date: 9/4/14

Time: 3-5pm

Location: The Hub located in Cherry Hall, 5030 Cherry Street (Room B38 – basement)

KCATA Bus Pass for Students

UMKC students voted to pass the Student Transportation Fee Referendum on Feb. 15-17, 2011.  Beginning in fall 2011, students will pay a $14-per-semester fee for an all-access transit pass on the Kansas City Transportation Authority (KCATA) bus service. There is a cap of $28 annually for the fee.

An all-access bus pass regularly costs individuals $50 a month so this is quite a savings for UMKC students. The all-access bus pass not only offers students an economic advantage, but also has the potential to reduce UMKC’s carbon footprint through increased ridership. Click here for our bus route map.  As of July 1, 2012 Troost Max and 25-Troost has expanded its routes.  For more information follow this link:    Troost Max and 25-Troost Route Changes

Below is the final result for the New Student Transportation Fee Referendum:

Yes—1405
No—843
Undecided—19
Total Votes:  2,267

KCATA Employee Trip Program

We are happy to announce UMKC’s participation in KC Metro’s TRIP (Transit Riders’ Incentive Plan) – a way for employees to reduce parking expenses and car maintenance costs, improve air quality and increase transportation convenience. Employee Benefits Based on a minimum participation in this pilot program, employees will enjoy the savings and benefits immediately:

  • Your monthly unlimited ride pass will automatically cost you a $12 less per month.  When you pay for your pass through payroll deduction, that amount is exempt from payroll taxes.
  • Your commuting cost is lowered by at least *$650 a year. (*Based on AAA 2004 average cost per mile of 14.1 for gasoline, automobile maintenance and tires. Current average could be higher as a result of higher gasoline prices.)
  • Convenience of purchasing your pass at work.
  • You are also eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program in case of daytime emergencies.

The JO from Johnson County, Kansas to UMKC *New Route

Johnson County Transit operates The JO Route 556/856 – Metcalf-Plaza that extends from 137th Street and Antioch in Overland Park to UMKC. The route provides service along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Johnson Drive in Mission, and Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, Roeland Park, and Westwood. At UMKC, the route travels southbound on Troost and northbound on Rockhill. Visit http://www.thejo.com/routes/556.shtml for more details.

The JO operates other routes that connect to MAX and Metro routes in Downtown Kansas City, Crown Center, and Waldo, providing service to other destinations in Johnson County. Visit http://www.thejo.com for more information on all of the services provided by Johnson County Transit.

Ride Share program

Led by UMKC Human Resources:

  • Began July 2008, and obtained participation from 160 staff members by September, 2008
  • Implemented free ride home for emergencies
  • Engaged in a partnership with Mid-America Regional Council
  • Provided other resources including Carpool Connection
  • Ripple Glass UMKC Partners

  • AASHE UMKC Sustainability Partner