Harvard University Shuttles and Vans
Local Harvard Shuttle Bus Service (617.495.0400)
The Shuttle Bus is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with safe, convenient transportation on the Cambridge and Allston campuses throughout the academic year, except during recesses and a slightly reduced service during the January Term. The service is free to members of the Harvard community. There are several routes that zigzag throughout Harvard University’s campuses. For the complete schedule, click here. You can also see where the shuttles are live anytime you want with Shuttle Tracker For the Web and For your Mobile Device. Pocket-sized schedules are available throughout the campuses, including the Information Center located in the Holyoke Center arcade, House offices, libraries, dining halls, and shuttle buses. For more information, call 617.495.0400.
Medical School Shuttle Service (617.632.2800)
The Medical School Shuttle (M2) is operated by MASCO (Medical, Academic, Scientific, and Community Organization) year-round, Monday through Saturday, between Johnston Gate and the Longwood Medical Area. For schedule information, please call 632-2800. Tickets and passes may be purchased in advance at 350 Longwood Avenue or at the Cash Receipts Office, 368 Holyoke Center. Medical students may ride free by showing a valid HMS photo ID to the driver.
The Daytime Van Service is intended for persons who, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, find it difficult or impossible to use the regular shuttle bus. Transportation is door to door within the Cambridge and Allston campuses. Rides in the van are by appointment only. All law school student riders must be authorized in advance by Stephanie Russo in the Dean of Students Office 617-496-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Service times vary for academic, weekend, summer, and recess periods. Please call 617-495-0400 for specific service times and reservation requirements.
Available to Harvard University students, faculty, and staff. Available from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. seven days a week. Last call must be received by 2:30 a.m. 617-495-0400, (TTY#) 617-496-6642 or email email@example.com. The Evening Van Service is an on-call service designed to transport students safely about Cambridge as a supplement to the shuttle bus system. The Evening Van services Cambridge within the boundaries of Inman Square, Porter Square and Central Square. No advance arrangements are needed. Service operates throughout the academic year. Click here for a map of the area served by the shuttle (PDF). More information at: http://www.uos.harvard.edu/transportation/passenger_transport_services/evening_van_service.shtml
Evening Taxi Service
Available to Harvard Law Students only. This taxi service supplements the Harvard Evening Van Service. Students within the bounds of the Harvard Evening Van Service are expected to call the van. Students who live in Cambridge (beyond Central, Inman or Porter Squares) or Somerville may pick up a voucher at the Langdell Circulation Desk after 7pm during Circulation Desk Hours for use the same evening (students may use the service until 1am but must collect the voucher at the Circulation Desk before it closes). Students must show their HUID to the Circulation Desk Attendant and must sign their name and their HUID # on the log. Town Taxi will pick up students in the Lewis Lot (1557 Mass Ave.) between 7pm and 1am and take law students to Somerville and the parts of Cambridge not serviced by the Evening Van Service. Students must write the drop-off location on the voucher. Gratuities are automatically handled between Harvard and Town Taxi. Voucher receipts are reviewed monthly. Use of the taxi vouchers for anything other than transportation from Harvard Law School to Somerville or an address outside the Evening Van Service boundaries in Cambridge and between 7pm and 1am will result in loss of taxi privileges and may subject students to disciplinary action through the Administrative Board.
Motorist Assistance Program (617-496-HELP)
Transportation Services provides free on-campus emergency road service for faculty, staff, students, and visitors who need help charging a dead battery, changing a tire, or retrieving keys that have been locked inside a car. This service is available between 8am and midnight, Monday through Friday (except University holidays). Please call (617-496-HELP).
Harvard students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar for only $25/year! Join Zipcar and get access to all of our cars – 24/7. Rent MINIs, VWs, hybrids and more – by the hour ($8.50/hour) or day ($60/day). Rates include gas, insurance and designated parking. Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard and drive away. Harvard students, faculty and staff pay no application fee, no monthly minimum, no membership deposit. You only need to be 21+ to join. Zipcars are available all over Boston, New York and Washington DC.
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA or simply the “T”) runs a massive network of public transportation options. They’re also using better and better technology on their website to make their services easier to use. For example, you can use the trip planner to provide a starting and ending location and find the best public transit route in between accessing all MBTA services. In concert with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%.
Travel across Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline on publicly shared bikes. Bikes can be returned to any of the 100+ stations across the network including the 12 supported by Harvard.
Harvard University Discounted Annual Membership
Harvard affiliates are eligible for a discounted Hubway Annual Membership for only $50 – over 40% off the regular price! Register for a membership here.
- Choose Corporate/University Membership Type
- Select Harvard University from the scroll down menu
- Password: HARVARD
- Use harvard.edu email address
Cambridge Taxi – www.cambridgetaxi.com – (617) 718-4000
Ambassador Brattle Taxi and Yellow Cab – ambassadorbrattle.com – (617) 492-1100
Cambridge Checker Cab – (617) 497-1500
Cambridge Cab Co – (617) 498-0006
Cambridge Union Taxi – (617) 661-2500
The information on this page has been researched and provided by the Dean of Students office. If you find that any of this information is no longer current, or if you have additional questions that are not answered here, please send an email to dos @ law.