Don’t let getting to work be a stressful part of your day. There are several resources for making your commute to and from campus easier. Getting around the East Lansing campus is also made easier with CATA and the MSU Bikes Service Center. Find the option that works best for you and go “Spartan Green!”

CATA (Capital Area Transit Authority)

Offers many transportation resources and supports. But did you know that the on-campus bus lines provides free rides around campus with your employee ID? If you’re tired of trying to find parking when you have to attend a meeting, try the campus CATA routes.

MSU Bikes logo with a gear, bicycle, and wrench all in spartan green

MSU Bikes Service Center

Offers bike sales (new and used), rentals (for personal use and departments) and a full menu of repairs.  Biking is a “green” way of getting around and getting to work, helps you get to meetings on campus without worrying about parking and can save you a LOT of money, too! MSU. MSU Bikes published the first Green Transportation Map for MSU, which includes a section on Bicycling Laws & Safety Tips. MSU is a Gold-Level Bike Friendly University.


Michivan Ride Share

This service is available across the state of Michigan for long-distance commuters. Call 1(800)VAN-RIDE (1-800-826-7433).

Emergency Ride Home

As a participant in the program, you will receive access to two digital vouchers every six months. Each voucher entitles you to one free, 24-hour rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car OR reimbursement up to $60 for taxi/public transit fare – including Uber and Lyft. If someone is sick, you have a family emergency, you work unplanned overtime or your ride leaves without you, ERH is your back-up plan. Plus, it’s totally free!

CATA Clean Commute

CATA provides a matching program to help you find carpoolers in your area.

Use the Start and Destination boxes to enter your home and work address, then click “Let’s Go!” Make sure a little check mark appears in each address field before clicking the green button. You’ll then get information about any relevant carpools, vanpools, bus routes, bike routes, and walking routes that fit your commute. You can also email with questions.

MSU Parking

Fees are reduced with a carpool permit.

If you would like more information about commuting options, contact the WorkLife Office by calling (517) 353-1635 or emailing