Alternative Transportation

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST)

Is there scheduled service that works for you?

busThousands of commuters with various work and school schedules use public transit every day. Some transit lines also provide extended hours for late-night travel. MST’s Line 20 Monterey-Salinas and Line 23 Salinas-King City stop right at Hartnell College’s “front door” and Line 47 now serves as a connection between Hartnell College, the Salinas Transit Center, and Hartnell College’s Alisal Campus.

How much will it cost to ride?

 Nothing when you board at Hartnell with a valid Student ID!

Monterey-Salinas Transit honors a "Free Fare Zone" for all Hartnell College students who board an MST bus at one of the college's fixed route bus stops. Students may board a bus on both the Main Campus and the Alisal Campus for free and receive one transfer to a bus that continues outward to complete their one-way trip from Hartnell.

Are you planning to take classes or transfer to CSUMB? 

paw printsCSUMB's Alternative Transportation Program, where Otters go to trip wisely. Join them in saving money on transportation while helping to keep the environment a clean place at the same time.

Don’t know where or when to catch the bus?

Call MST toll-free at 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871) or visit MST for bus route, stop and schedule information.

Try the easiest way to find the next bus to or from campus is using Google Transit.

 

Bicycling!

bicycle helmetBiking is a fun and healthy way to get to school, to work, to transit stops, to your carpool pick-up point, or to run errands.Bicycling is an inexpensive way to travel. People who commute by bike save between $2,000 and $5,000 each year, and it's also one of the healthiest ways to get around.

Once you’ve arrived by bicycle at Hartnell, you’ll find that you can park closer to most classrooms and offices. Cable locks are easily broken or cut, so always lock your bike’s frame to a bike rack using a U-Lock. A cable should also be used to secure both wheels.

New! Bicycle Lockers have been installed on the Main and Alisal Campuses! Look for the two grey Bicycle Lockers on Main Campus located near the bicycle racks in Parking Lots 4 and 5. Another will be installed next to the Student Center in the fall. The lockers can hold more than one bicycle, but you need to bring your own lock. Bicycle Lockers keep both your bike and its parts safe from theft. These lockers are first come, first serve, and are not for overnight use. Items/locks left overnight may be removed.

Bicycling Monterey (County) website - www.bikemonterey.org - provides tips on riding skills and safety, CA bike laws, local ordinances on sidewalk riding and more, bike maps to help you find the best route, a calendar of Monterey County bike-related activities, HER Helmet Thursdays discounts for males and females who bike, much Salinas-specific biking info, and lots more. 

Bike racks are provided on all MST buses and, at the driver's discretion, you may be able to bring your bike inside the bus. Bicycle maps make it easy to find the best route and for additional resources visit Ecology Actions Bike Programs.

Bicycle Maps

Treasure mapMonterey County Bike Map (TAMC)

City of Salinas (English)

City of Salinas (Spanish)

Fort Ord Public Lands (BLM)

Santa Cruz County Bikeway Map

 

Do bad drivers have you worried?

League of American Bicyclists logoVisit the League of American Bicyclists’ Bike Education site for instructional videos, smart cycling tips, and information about vehicular cycling classes offered by League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors. You can even take an online course in Bicycle Safety!

Do bad roads have you worried?

service request form is available to all cyclists or anyone wishing to report a roadway condition affecting cyclists in Monterey County.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County will forward this report to the appropriate public works agency with maintenance responsibilities.

 

Walking!

Why worry about the hassle of trying to find a parking spot and being late for class?

A bird walkingWalk to school! If you live only a few miles away or choose to park a few blocks from campus, walking is much more convenient than driving. It’s also a great form of exercise; you’ll save money, and arrive at school relaxed and stress free. Not only will you help the environment by not driving, you’ll get in your recommended daily dose of exercise!

How walkable is your community? Find out your area’s WALK SCORE!

 

Electric Vehicles, Carpooling, and Ridesharing

The Hartnell CCD is committed to sustainability and to being good stewards of the environment.  “We know that the number of electric vehicle owners is growing among our students and employees,” expressed Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.  “We want to do our part to support these individuals who, through their use of electric vehicles, are reducing carbon emissions and the production of greenhouse gases."

eVgo installed 10 stations in the Parking Structure (First Level) on the Main Campus and 4 stations in the Parking Lot at the Alisal Campus. Prior to this the District had 1 station at the Alisal Campus, 2 at the Main Campus, and 1 at the King City Education Center.  To sign up, go to newdriver@nrg.com.     

What are the advantages of Carpooling?

CarpoolingYou will save money on gas and parking by sharing the driving costs among two or more commuters. Carpooling is also one of the most flexible commute alternatives around.

Whether a carpool or a vanpool, ridesharing is a convenient and flexible way to commute while saving money and the environment. Let Commute Alternatives assist you in finding a match for your travel patterns! Call 422-POOL.

Visit Ridematch Service. to find a carpool partner.

Carpool Parking

Hartnell currently offers eight carpool only parking spaces on the ground level of the parking structure. Stop by the cashier’s office in the Student Services (B building) to complete a Carpool Parking Application for your FREE Carpool parking permit.

 

The Hartnell College Alternative Transportation Committee (ATC)

The ATC promotes alternatives to the drive-alone to work/school/home commute of students, staff, and faculty at Hartnell College by facilitating economic and ecological judiciousness while encouraging a healthful college community. Hartnell College was presented with the "2004 Rideshare Award" in recognition of outstanding promotion of Alternative Transportation Programs by the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments' Board of Directors.

Contact Frank Henderson by email at fhenders@hartnell.edu or phone (831) 755-6738 for more information.