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Local transport

Public transportation plays an important role in overcoming environmental challenges and is often more efficient than traveling alone. The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) For many Colombians, the subway is the cheapest and most convenient way to get to campus.

Mobile phone iconApps to help you navigate the NYC area

Google Maps and the Local transport app can help locals as well as newbies navigate public transport.

ZugsymbolRegister as a Smart Commuter and win

Sustainable Columbia defines a 'Smart Commuter' as someone who chooses something other than commuting to and from campus, including local public transport!

Local transport services or incentives

  • Intercampus-Shuttle
  • Community shuttle
  • George Washington Bridge/Fort Lee Shuttle
  • Lamont-Shuttle
  • Evening shuttle
  • Share bike
  • Zipcar
  • NJ Transit Student Pass: 25% discount on monthly student mobile cards
  • Guaranteed driving program
  • Auto repair shop
  • Bus and van charter
  • Carpooling
  • Lamont-Doherty Shuttle Park & ​​Ride (Rockland County)
  • Carpool reimbursement in Manhattanville
  • Manhattanville - Fort Lee Shuttle Guaranteed trip home
  • Manhattanville Zipcar membership refund
  • Tax incentives for faculties and staff
  • Bicycle locks
  • Bike registration
  • Bicycle racks for outdoor use
  • Commuter bicycle parking garages
  • Bicycle skills training
  • Showers and changing rooms
  • Bike maintenance and discounts
  • Park
  • Ride the bus
  • Bicycle advocacy group
  • Register as a Smart Commuter and win
  • Bicycle storage for students in dormitories
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Buy a used bike
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    New York City

    Thanks to the MTA and the New York Waterway, there is no shortage of transportation options in and around the greater New York City area and beyond. Learn about NYC's local transit options.

    Westchester and Connecticut

    There are many options for commuting to Manhattan from Connecticut, Westchester County, and the northern points. Learn about Westchester and Connecticut transit options.

    New Jersey

    There are many ways to travel to Columbia's campus from New Jersey. Find convenient transit options for Columbia commuters living west of the Hudson River in areas like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rockland County, and the north. Learn more about New Jersey's local transportation options.


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